This course consists of an initial compulsory component, followed by a choice of units in the second half of the semester. This initial unit follows closely the text by Jackson. The aim will be to cover parts of the first 7 chapters, which span electrostatics, mathematical methods (Green's functions, method of images, separation of variables, orthogonal functions, integral transforms, gauge transformations), magnetostatics, electromagnetic theory (Maxwell's equations, transformation properties, polarization, pulse spreading and dispersion), wave physics.
Topics available in the second half of the course include:
Electrodynamics - This topic addresses advance topics of electromagnetic theory beyond static electric and magnetic systems to dynamic time varying systems. It will cover special relativity for electromagnetic fields, radiation of electromagnetic waves by currents and relativistic particles. It will describe how Lorentz transformations can be applied not only to space-time but to a large number of other physical quantities. It will also cover the basic properties of the emission of radiation by localized systems of oscillating charges and currents based on multipolar expansion approach
Non-linear Physics - This topic provides a broad introduction to the field of nonlinear physics, including nonlinear oscillations and waves, resonances and synchronisation, and deterministic chaos. Approximately half of the course closely follows the classic textbook on nonlinear dynamics by Prof. Strogatz (Cornell University). The course presents rigorous mathematical/computational tools as well as approximate and intuitive/geometrical methods of theoretical analysis. Practical real-life examples and research problems of contemporary physics are used to illustrate the application of theoretical concepts and methods
Electronics - This topic will tie together much of the physics learnt as an undergraduate in a practical setting. It will introduce the students to electronics practice in a physics research laboratory environment. The course concentrates on the processing of analog signals. Linear circuits are reviewed before moving on to active circuits. The active circuits are primarily investigated using operational amplifiers, though simple transistor circuits are also used. Concepts such as negative feedback, dynamic range, signal to noise ratios, filtering and analog to digital conversion are explored.
Learning OutcomesAt the completion of this subject, students should have the skills and knowledge to:
1. Develop an advanced understanding of electrodynamics
2. Acquire a mathematical toolset in vector calculus, integral transforms, and solutions of differential equations
3. Be able to solve electrodynamics problems in slab, cylindrical and spherical geometry.
4. Understand how to discretise problems and solve problems by computation
5. Understand, evaluate and describe the theories, concepts and principles of the current knowledge for the chosen topic.
6. Master appropriate analytical, theoretical and/or practical techniques to further their understanding and skills in the chosen topic.
Indicative AssessmentAssignment/labwork (40%) (LO1-6)
Exam (60%) (LO1-6)
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WorkloadThe course will consist of lectures, tutorials and labwork, depending on the optional unit selected. Total workload (including homework and study) will be kept to 8 hours per week, with typically 3 contact hours per week.
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Research School of Physics and Engineering to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Prescribed Texts“Classical Electrodynamics” by J. D. Jackson
Assumed KnowledgeStudents will be expected to have completed an undergraduate degree, with a major in Physics.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 2
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery|
|4602||15 Feb 2016||26 Feb 2016||31 Mar 2016||27 May 2016||In Person|