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Syllabus of the course: Classical Electrodynamics

In this web page we provide the syllabus of the course Classical Electrodynamics, offered by the Department of Physics.
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InstructorK. Tassis
ProgramMonday, 14:00-16:00,1st floor seminar room
Wednesday, 16:00-18:00,1st floor seminar room
Friday, 16:00-18:00,1st floor seminar room
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Goal of the courseThe course is addressed to graduate students as well as to advanced undergraduates. A solid background in Electromagnetism and Mathematical Physics is required. The main goal of the course is the cover all basic topics of electrodynamics in a level essential for further study of modern problems in theoretical physics. The course is organizing the various concepts of electricity and magnetism in the compact and powerful formulation of Maxwell's equations. A number of applications are explored.
SyllabusINTRODUCTION: Maxwell equations, continuity equation, Lorentz force, boundary conditions, linear isotropic media, electromagnetic energy and momentum, Poynting vector, electromagnetic potentials, wave equations.

ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVES: Propagation of electromagnetic waves in dielctrics, plane waves, monochromatic waves, polarization, energy and momentum, reflection and refraction, Snell laws,Fresnel relations, total reflection, Brewster angle, radiation pressure, frequency dependence of the dielectric constant, plasma frequency, popagation in the ionosphere, conductivity, propagation in conducting media, reflection and refraction off metalic surfaces.

WAVE GUIDES: Wave guides with perfectly conducting surfaces, transverse waves, waves of electric and magnetic type, propagation of energy, group velocity, energy loss in wave guides with real metalic surfaces, resonant cavities.

RADIATION: Solution of the wave equations, retarded potentials, radiation fields, spectral resolution, radiation from antennas, Lienard-Wiechert potentials, fields produced by accelerated point charges, radiation in linear accelerators, synchrotron radiation, infrared radiation during collisions or decays of charged particles, radiation reaction.

SPECIAL THEORY OF RELATIVITY: Lorentz transformations, covariant form of the Maxwell and Newton equations, applications (fields produced by charges in uniform motion, Doppler effect, Hall effect)
BibliographyJ. D. Jackson, Classical Electrodynamics, Willey, NY (1975)
L. D. Landau and E. M. Lifshitz, The Classical Theory of Fields, Pergamon Press, Oxford (1985)
L. D. Landau and E. M. Lifshitz, Electrodynamics of Continuous Media, Pergamon Press, Oxford (1984)
Εισαγωγή στην Ηλεκτροδυναµική, D. J. Griffiths, (Τόµος ΙΙ), Παν. Εκδόσεις Κρήτης (2002)

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