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  • 7.5 credits

Electrodynamics is the theory of changing electric and magnetic fields and their interactions, and can be widely used to describe many of the phenomena we encounter in our everyday lives.

The course covers a wide range of topics in electrostatics, electrodynamics, relativity and optics, including Gauss law, Poisson and Laplace equations, Boundary value problem, Green’s functions, Method of images, Orthogonal functions and the solution of boundary value problems, Legendre and associated Legendre polynomials and Spherical harmonics, Multipole expansion, Dielectric media and displacement vector, Continuity equation, Magnetostatics in vacuum and media, Faraday's law of induction, Maxwell's equations in vacuum and media, Scalar and Vector potentials, Gauge transformations, Wave equation, Electromagnetic energy densities and Poynting's theorem, Rotations and discrete symmetries, Special relativity and the Lorentz group, Covariant formulation of electrodynamics. Solutions of Maxwell's equations: Plane waves, Greens functions, Jefimenko's equations, Radiation from oscillating sources, Dipole fields, Reflection and Refraction of electromagnetic waves.

  • Course structure

    This is an advanced course given during the daytime. It may be included in a master degree program, or taken as an elective course. It can also be taken as part of the Ph.D. program.

    Teaching format

    The course consists of both lectures and exercises sessions.
    The course is given in English.


    The course is examined through written examination and voluntary oral examination.


    Ingemar Bengtsson, tel: 08 5537 8732 e-mail:

    Ingemar Bengtsson , tel: 08 5537 8732, e-mail:
    Problem sessions:
    Iman Mahyaeh , tel: , e-mail:


  • Schedule

    This is a preliminary schedule and is subject to continuous change. For this reason, we do not recommend print-outs. At the start of the course, your institution will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    Schema FK7045 Autumn 2020

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    J.D. Jackson, Classical Electrodynamics, 3rd Edition. ISBN 9780471309321

  • Contact

    Academic advisor at the Department of Physics: