Checking date: 28/03/2019

Course: 2019/2020

Classical Electrodynamics
Study: European Master in Nuclear Fusion Science and Engineering Physic (273)

Coordinating teacher: MARTIN SOLIS, JOSE RAMON

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Physics

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Basic knowledge of electromagnetic theory (graduate level) and special theory of relativity
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results.
The course provides the basics for an understanding of the electromagnetic field theory and the behaviour of charged particles in electromagnetic fields, mainly from a classical field theoretical point of view. The course includes electrostatics, magnetostatics, and their unification (Maxwell equations), electromagnetic waves and their propagation, covariant formulation of classical electrodynamics, as well as charged particle dynamics and radiation phenomena. The course will provide the student with an appropiate training in electromagnetic field theory and charged particle dynamics especially suited for its application to plasma physics and nuclear fusion science
Description of contents: programme
Part I. Introduction: 1. Preliminaries 2. Classical electrodynamics and nuclear fusion Part II. Basic electromagnetic theory: 3. Electrostatics 4. Magnetostatics 5. Electrodynamics 6. Conservation laws Part III. Applied electromagnetism: 7. Potentials and fields 8. Electromagnetic radiation and radiating systems 9. Electromagnetic waves Part IV. Charged particle dynamics: 10. Relativistic electrodynamics 11. The motion of charged particles in electromagnetic fields 12. Charged particle radiation
Learning activities and methodology
* Lectures where the theoretical concepts are explained: The lecturer will provide to the students with a file including the material to be given (1 week in advance) which constitutes the basis of the theoretical lectures (lecture notes). * Practical classes: The exercises proposed by the lecturer are solved by the students during the practical classes, corrected and evaluated by the lecturer. The main skills to be acquired in these activities are: - To understand the statement of a problem - To identify the physical electromagnetic phenomenon involved in the statement and the physical laws involved - To develop an strategy to reach the objective (for instance breaking the problem in small subproblems) - To be careful in the use of required mathematics tools - To be able to make a critical analysis of the results
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 70
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 30
Basic Bibliography
  • D.J. Griffiths. INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRODYNAMICS. Prentice-Hall International, Inc.. 1999
  • J.R. Reitz, F.J. Milford and R.W. Christy. FOUNDATIONS OF ELECTROMAGNETIC. Addison Wesley. 1992
  • R. Wangsness. ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.. 1986
Additional Bibliography
  • J.D. Jackson. CLASSICAL ELECTRODYNAMICS. Wiley & Sons. 1999
  • L. D. Landau, E.M. Lifshitz. THE CLASSICAL THEORY OF FIELDS, Course of Theoretical Physics, Vol.2. Pergamon Press, Ltd.. 1975
  • W.K.H. Panofsky and M. Phillips. CLASSICAL ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM. Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc.. 1962

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.