|Department of Physics and Astronomy|
Phys-329B is the second semester of our
graduate-level Advanced Electrodynamics course. In the first few weeks,
we cover waveguides, radiation emitted by oscillating point charges
(Hertz dipole), and the theory of EM multipole radiation (describes
photon emission by atoms, molecules, and nuclei).
The main focus of the course is Einstein's Special Theory of
Relativity, and the covariant formulation of Relativistic
Mechanics and Electromagnetic Theory, starting from the principle
of least action, Lagrange function / Lagrange density, and invariance
principles (Lorentz/Poincare invariance, gauge invariance).
Prerequisites: Phys-329A and Phys-308 (Mathematical Methods of Physics).
Instructor: Professor Volker E. Oberacker
Office: Stevenson Center, 6th floor, room 6625
Class meetings: MWF, 12:10 - 1:00 p.m., SC 6638
Office hours: Most of the time, you will find me in my office. Please feel free to drop by my office whenever you have any questions, and I will try to accomodate you if possible.
Textbook: J.D. Jackson, "Classical Electrodynamics", 3rd edition
Course Website: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/AnS/physics/volker/p329b/