ED2210 Electromagnetic Processes in Dispersive Media 6.0 credits

Elektromagnetiska vågor i dispersiva media

The course describes propagation, absorption and emission of electromagnetic waves in dispersive media, in particular in plasmas.

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

Vektorpotential, Gauge conditions, Maxwell´s equations on tensor form och Maxwell´s tension stensor, multipole expansion, Fourier transforms, generalised functions, Green functions, Laplace transforms, contur integration, response stensors, Kramers-Kronig relations, the Onsager relation, dispersive media, crystals, cold plasma, isotropic warm plasma, wave equation, dispersion relation, polarisation, polarisation of transverse waves, geometric optic, resonances, cut-off, damping of waves, energy flows also in spatial dispersive media, waves in anisotropic crystals, waves in plasma (MHD waves and Langmuir waves), energy of waves, absorption, spontaneous  and stimulated emission, Larmor formula, the Einstein´s coefficients, Landau damping, cyclotron damping, Lienard-Wierchert potentials.

Intended learning outcomes *

The objective is to give a deeper understanding and knowledge of treating electromagnetic processes in the areas of plasma physics, astrophysics, radio astronomy and physical optics. After finishing this course the students should be able to treat problems of wave propagation, absorption and emission of electromagnetic waves in anisotropic media.

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Introductory courses in electromagnetic theory, including vector analysis.

Recommended prerequisites

Courses about mathematical methods in physics and functions of complex variables are recommended.


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Electromagnetic processes in dispersive media, D. B. Melrose and R. C. McPhedran, Cambridge University Press 1991.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • TENA - Examination, 4.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVNA - Exercises, 2.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade *

Satifactory results on the asssignments during the course andon the written examination. The final mark is weighted from the result of the assignments and the written examination.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Thomas Jonsson

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

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EECS/Electrical Engineering

Main field of study *

Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics

Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Thomas Jonsson

Supplementary information

Replaces 2A1145.

In this course, the EECS code of honor applies, see: http://www.kth.se/en/eecs/utbildning/hederskodex.