Module Identifier 
PHM2510 
Module Title 
ELECTROMAGNETIC THEORY 
Academic Year 
2001/2002 
Coordinator 
Dr Eleri Pryse 
Semester 
Semester 1 
Other staff 
Dr Xing Li 
PreRequisite 
Successful Completion of Year 3 of the MPhys Scheme 
Course delivery 
Lecture  20 lectures 
Assessment 
Exam  3 Hours End of semester examinations.  100% 
Module description
This module develops Maxwell's equations and their application to electromagnetic waves. The full theory of transmission, reflection, dispersion and absorption of electromagnetic waves is developed for freespace, conductors and dielectrics. The concept of retarded potential is applied to normal radiation from antennas and to synchrotron radiation from relativistic electrons. The scattering of electromagnetic waves by electrons is discussed.
Learning outcomes
After taking this module students should be able to:

understand the fundamental theoretical basis for electromagnetic waves.

understand the propagation of plane electromagnetic waves in both free space and media and their behaviour at boundaries.

understand the theoretical basis for the generation of electromagnetic waves.

appreciate the electromagnetic theory under relativistic conditions.
Outline syllabus
Electromagnetic Waves: Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves in free space, energy and Poynting vector, dispersion, absorption of plane waves in conductors, skin effect, reflection and transmission, dielectric and conducting boudaries.
Waveguides: Propagation between conducting plates, rectangular waveguides, cavities.
Generation of electromagnetic waves: Retarded potentials, Hertzian dipole, antennas, scattering.
Electromagnetism and Special Relativity: Charges and fields, Fourvectors, Maxwell's equations.
Reading Lists
Books
I S Grant and W R Phillips.
Electromagnetism,. 2nd. ISBN 0471927120