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PHY 415: Electromagnetic Theory I
Prof. S. Teitel stte@pas.rochester.edu ---- Fall 2011


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lecture 17

electromagnetic energy density, Poynting vector, conservation of momentum, Maxwell stress tensor, force on a conducting surface

3 4

MIDTERM EXAM 11-12:30 in BL 269

6 7

lecture 18

capacitance matrix, inductance matrix, electromagnetic waves in a vacuum


forces, torque, and energy of electric and magnetic dipoles in external fields

8 9

lecture 19

energy and momentum in electromagnetic waves, frequency dependent polarizability and dielectric function

10 11 12
13 14

lecture 20

electromagnetic waves in a dielectric: transparent propagation, resonant absorption, total reflection

15 16

lecture 21

Electromagnetic waves in conductors: frequency dependent conductivity, low frequency "good" conductors, skin depth, high frequencies, longitudinal modes and plasma oscillations

HW 5 due

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20 21

lecture 22

linear, circular and elliptical polarization, waves at interfaces, angles of incidence, reflection and transmission

22 23

lecture 23

Snell's law for transparent and dissipative media, total internal reflection, coefficient of reflection, total reflection

Thanksgiving break


Thanksgiving break


Thanksgiving break


Thanksgiving break


Thanksgiving break


lecture 24

total reflection, Brewster's angle, Kramers-Kronig relation, Green's function for the wave equation

29 30

lecture 25

Lienard-Weichert potentials for a moving charged particle, potentials from a particle moving with constant velocity, radiation from a source oscillating with simple harmonic motion

HW 6 due