Module Identifier PHM2510  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Xing Li  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Eleri Pryse  
Pre-Requisite Successful Completion of Year 3 of the MPhys Scheme  
Course delivery Lecture   20 lectures  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours written examination.  70%
Semester Assessment Essay  30%

Learning outcomes

After taking this module students should be able to:

Brief 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 free-space, conductors and dielectrics. The theoretical basis of the laws of electromagnetism are discussed in relation to the special theory of relativity. An assessed essay will cover the generation of electromagnetic waves where discussion is expected of the Hertzian dipole and antennas.


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: Hertzian dipole, antennas.

Electromagnetism and Special Relativity: Charges and fields, Four-vectors, Retarded potentials, Maxwell's equations.

Reading Lists

I S Grant and W R Phillips Electromagnetism, 2nd. 0471927120


This module is at CQFW Level 7