- Code PHYS6102
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Physics
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Physics
- Areas of interest Photonics, Physics
See https://www.anu.edu.au/covid-19-advice. In Sem 1 2022, this course is delivered on campus with adjustments for remote participants.
Content will focus on concepts and practical application of Maxwell's equations aiming to develop understanding of fundamental effects of electromagnetism and optics. This includes guiding, radiation and scattering of electromagnetic waves, and particle dynamics in electromagnetic fields. Content will also include the relativistic formulation of Maxwell's equations and application of the relativistic formulation of Maxwell's equations.
This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Have an advanced understanding of Maxwell's equations and have gained practical experience in solving Maxwell's equations using analytic and numerical techniques.
- Understand the wave solutions of electromagnetism and their relevance to optics including propagation of electromagnetic waves in materials, birefringence, boundary conditions at material interfaces and reflection and transmission of waves at interfaces, polarisation, spatial phase, coherence, Fourier theory and spatial filtering, Maxwell stress tensor and mechanical forces exerted by electromagnetic waves, radiation from time dependent charge distributions.
- Discuss modern physics using covariant (relativistic formulation) of electrodynamics including four vectors, the electromagnetic field tensor, Lagrangians and fields, gauge transformations and symmetries.
- Apply the covariant formulation of electricity and magnetism to brehmstrahlung and related effects
- Explain the purpose and advantages of writing physical laws in tensor form.
- Develop critical thinking and problem-solving abilities with application to a diverse range of practical problems in electrodynamics.
- Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills and be able to research and explain scientific concepts.
- Assignments and reports (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Mid term Exam (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Final Exam (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Research topic oral presentation (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
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The course will be taught in flipped classroom (blended) mode. The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
· Face-to face component which will consist of 3 hours of mandatory workshop per week (36 hours total), 12 hours of tutorials throughout the semester.
· Approximately 80 hours of self directed study which will include on-line content, background reading, work on assignments and oral presentation
· Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
Introduction to electrodynamics 4th edition, David J Griffiths, Prentice Hall, SBN-10: 9332550441.
Modern Electrodynamics, Andrew Zangwill. Cambridge University Press, ISBN-9780521896979
Multi variable calculus. Ordinary and partial differential equations and the solution of boundary value problems. Vector calculus including gradient, divergence and curl, Stoke's theorem and the divergence theorem.
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