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Physics 329B: Advanced Electrodynamics
Fall 2009, Prof. Oberacker

The aim of this course

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).


Contact Information

Instructor: Professor Volker E. Oberacker
Phone: 615-322-5035
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:

Last update: June 29, 2009
Volker Oberacker
Vanderbilt University