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PHY 415: Electromagnetic Theory I
Prof. S. Teitel stte@pas.rochester.edu ---- Fall 2008

Lecture Notes

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  • Lecture 0 - A brief history of electromagnetism

  • Lecture 1 - From Coulomb to Maxwell: Coulomb' law, superposition, the electric field, Maxwell's equations for electrostatics

  • Lecture 2 - Coulomb to Maxwell continued: magnetostatics, Lorentz force, Biot-Savart law, local charge conservation, Faraday's law, Maxwell's correction to Ampere's law, the complete Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, systems of units

  • Lecture 3 - Electromagnetic scalar and vector potentials, gauge invariance, the Lorentz gauge, the Coulomb gauge

  • Lecture 4 - Longitudinal and transverse parts of a vector field, quick review of Fourier transforms, the Greens function, the Coulomb problem as a boundary value problem, properties of a conductor in electrostatics, boundary conditions at a charged surface

  • Lecture 5 - Boundary conditions at a charged surface continued, examples, Green's identities, uniqueness of solutions

  • Lecture 6 - The image charge method

  • Lecture 7 - Separation of variables in rectangular and cylindrical coordinates

  • Lecture 8 - Separation of variables in spherical coordinates

  • Lecture 9 - Multipole expansion: monopole, dipole moment, quadrapole tensor

  • Lecture 10 - Magnetostatics and the magnetic dipole approximation

  • Lecture 11 - Magnetostatic boundary value problems and the magnetic scalar potential

  • Lecture 12 - Macroscopic Maxwell equations: dielectric materials, bound charge, the electric displacement field D

  • Lecture 13 - Macroscopic Maxwell equations: magnetic materials, bound currents, magnetization density, magnetic field H

  • Lecture 14 - Bound currents, boundary conditions and macroscopic Maxwell equations, linear materials, dielectric constant and magnetic permeability

  • Lecture 15 - Clausius-Mossati equation, linear dielectric examples, bar magnets

  • Lecture 16 - Energy conservation in electromagnetism, Poynting vector

  • Lecture 17 - Electrostatic and magnetostatic energy, momentum conservation, Maxwell stress tensor, capacitance matrix

  • Lecture 18 - Inductance matrix, [not done in lecture, but still lots of fun: force, torque, energy of electric and magnetic dipoles in an external field; electrostatic and magnetostatic energies of interaction], electromagnetic plane waves in a vacuum

  • Lecture 19 - Frequency dependent atomic polarizability and dielectric function, harmonic plane waves in a dielectric

  • Lecture 20 - Waves in dieletrics: transparent propagation, resonant absorption, total reflection; waves in conductors: conduction electron current and charge density, ac conductivity

  • Lecture 21 - Waves in conductors: effective dielectric function, "good metals", skin depth, plasma frequency, plasma oscilations; polarization

  • Lecture 22 - Elliptically and circularly polarized waves, reflection and transmission at interfaces, Snell's law, total internal reflection, transmission into an absorbing medium

  • Lecture 23 - Reflection coefficients, total reflection, Brewster's angle, Kramers-Kronig relation

  • Lecture 24 - Green's function for the inhomogeneous wave equation, the Lienard-Wiechert potentials for a moving point charge

  • Lecture 25 - Electromagnetic potentials for a point charge moving with constant velocity, radiation from an oscillating current source: electric dipole, magnetic dipole, and electric quadrapole terms

  • Lecture 26 - Fields, Poynting vector and radiated power from elecric dipole, magnetic dipole and electric quadrapole radiation; fields and radiated power from arbitrary time varying sources in the electric dipole approximation; Larmor's formula for power radiated by a moving charge

  • Lecture 27 - Special relativity, Lorentz transformations, 4-vectors, proper time, 4-current, 4-potential, field strength tensor, Maxwell's inhomogeneous equations in Lorentz covariant form

  • Lecture 28 - Maxwell's homogeneous equations in Lorentz covariant form, transformations of E and B fields, kinematics, the energy-momentum 4-vector, Minkowski 4-force, Lorentz force revisited, relativistic Larmor's formula