402-0204-00L  Electrodynamics

SemesterSpring Semester 2018
LecturersR. Renner
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman


402-0204-00 VElektrodynamik4 hrs
Wed08:45-10:30HPH G 3 »
Fri10:15-12:00HG E 5 »
R. Renner
402-0204-00 UElektrodynamik
Übungsgruppen werden in deutscher und/oder englischer Sprache angeboten.
Beginn in der zweiten Semesterwoche.

Die Übungen finden Mi 11-13 (Beginn um 10:45 auch für die Gruppen im HIL-Gebäude) statt (Di 15-17 bzw. Di 16-18 bei Bedarf als Ausweichtermin; ein allfälliger Ersatztermin für den 1. Mai bleibt zu organisieren: evtl. 2. Mai 17-19).
2 hrs
Tue14:45-16:30HIL E 5 »
15:45-17:30HPT C 103 »
Wed10:45-12:30HIL D 60.1 »
10:45-12:30HIL E 4 »
10:45-12:30HIT F 13 »
10:45-12:30HIT F 31.2 »
10:45-12:30HIT F 32 »
10:45-12:30HIT H 42 »
10:45-12:30HIT H 51 »
R. Renner

Catalogue data

AbstractDerivation and discussion of Maxwell's equations, from the static limit to the full dynamical case. Wave equation, waveguides, cavities. Generation of electromagnetic radiation, scattering and diffraction of light. Structure of Maxwell's equations, relativity theory and covariance, Lagrangian formulation. Dynamics of relativistic particles in the presence of fields and radiation properties.
ObjectiveDevelop a physical understanding for static and dynamic phenomena related to (moving) charged objects and understand the structure of the classical field theory of electrodynamics (transverse versus longitudinal physics, invariances (Lorentz-, gauge-)). Appreciate the interrelation between electric, magnetic, and optical phenomena and the influence of media. Understand a set of classic electrodynamical phenomena and develop the ability to solve simple problems independently. Apply previously learned mathematical concepts (vector analysis, complete systems of functions, Green's functions, co- and contravariant coordinates, etc.). Prepare for quantum mechanics (eigenvalue problems, wave guides and cavities).
ContentClassical field theory of electrodynamics: Derivation and discussion of Maxwell equations, starting from the static limit (electrostatics, magnetostatics, boundary value problems) in the vacuum and in media and subsequent generalization to the full dynamical case (Faraday's law, Ampere/Maxwell law; potentials and gauge invariance). Wave equation and solutions in full space, half-space (Snell's law), waveguides, cavities, generation of electromagnetic radiation, scattering and diffraction of light (optics). Application to various specific examples. Discussion of the structure of Maxwell's equations, Lorentz invariance, relativity theory and covariance, Lagrangian formulation. Dynamics of relativistic particles in the presence of fields and their radiation properties (synchrotron).
LiteratureJ.D. Jackson, Classical Electrodynamics
W.K.H Panovsky and M. Phillis, Classical electricity and magnetism
L.D. Landau, E.M. Lifshitz, and L.P. Pitaevskii, Electrodynamics of continuus media
A. Sommerfeld, Electrodynamics / Optics (Lectures on Theoretical Physics)
M. Born and E. Wolf, Principles of optics
R. Feynman, R. Leighton, and M. Sands, The Feynman Lectures of Physics, Vol II
W. Nolting, Elektrodynamik (Grundkurs Theoretische Physik 3)

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
In examination block forBachelor's Degree Programme in Physics 2016; Version 25.02.2020 (Examination Block 2)
Bachelor's Programme in Physics 2010; Version 24.02.2016 (Examination Block 2)
ECTS credits7 credits
ExaminersR. Renner
Typesession examination
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationwritten 180 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationPrüfungsfragen dürfen auf Englisch beantwortet werden / Examination questions may be answered in English
Written aidsein beidseitig handbeschriebenes A4-Blatt als Formelsammlung
If the course unit is part of an examination block, the credits are allocated for the successful completion of the whole block.
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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