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.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Electrical Engineering
    Engineering Physics
  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

Spring 20 for programme students

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.

Course main content

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.


Introductory courses in electromagnetic theory, including vector analysis.

Recommended prerequisites

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


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


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

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.

Offered by

EECS/Electrical Energy Engineering


Thomas Jonsson


Thomas Jonsson <johnso@kth.se>

Supplementary information

Replaces 2A1145


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2019.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2019.