Courses & Units

Advanced Electromagnetism KYA320



Required for students majoring in Physics


Advanced electromagnetism begins from Maxwell's equations and investigates in detail the following topics.

  • The properties of electromagnetic waves in dielectrics and conductors, including study of how the phase and group velocity, impedance etc, depend on the conductance, relative permittivity and relative permeability of the medium.
  • The polarization properties of electromagnetic waves and different methods of describing the polarization, such as the Poincare sphere and the stokes parameters.
  • The behaviour of electromagnetic waves at the boundaries between different media, including a detailed investigation of the Fresnel equations for reflection and transmission, the Brewster angle, total internal reflection and evanescent fields.
  • The transmission of electromagnetic waves in waveguides, including study of the TE and TM modes, attenuation due to reflections in the waveguide, resonant cavities and fibre optics.
  • The electric and magnetic fields produced by short-dipole and half-wave dipole antennas, including study of power patterns, antenna gain, directivity and other properties.
  • A study of the mechanisms through which electromagnetic radiation arises from charged particles, including study of Bremstrahlung, Synchrotron and Cherenkov radiation.
  • An introduction to relativistic electrodynamics, including the electromagnetic field tensor and how it relates to Maxwell's equations.
  • The laboratory program focuses on computational physics with MATLAB, with an emphasis on simulating electromagnetic waves and analysis techniques for experimental data.


Unit name Advanced Electromagnetism
Unit code KYA320
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Physics
Teaching staff

Prof S Ellingsen

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

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Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010301 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,701.00

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  • KYA211 and KYA212 and KMA252 or KME271


Teaching Pattern

3 lectures, 1 tutorial weekly, 39 lab hrs total


1 x 3hr exams (50%), laboratory work (25%), assignments & internal tests (25%)

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