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|
|Faculty/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Prof S Ellingsen
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Band||CSP Student Contribution||Full Fee Paying (domestic)||Field of Education|
|2||2020: $1,190.00||2020: $2,701.00||010301|
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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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