EI3302 Electromagnetic Waves in Complex Media 4.0 credits

Elektromagnetiska vågor i komplexa material

The course is intended for PhD students whose research topic is within or related to classical electromagnetic field theory, with applications to wave propagation in media with complicated response to electromagnetic fields 

  • Education cycle

    Third cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    P, F

Information for research students about course offerings

The course is given when there is sufficient demand. Please contact the examiner if you are interested in taking the course.

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student shall be able to

  • explain the constitutive relations for various complex media 
  • explain the concepts of reciprocal and non‐reciprocal media 
  • derive dispersion relations for complex media and determine the wavenumbers and polarization states for the eigenwaves 
  • analyze scattering at canonical interfaces between complex and simple media and between different complex media  

Course main content

Methods for analyzing propagation and scattering of electromagnetic waves in complicated materials


Lessons and consultations 



Kong, Electromagnetic Wave Theory 
Lindell et.al., Electromagnetic Waves in Chiral and Bi‐Isotropic Media
Norgen, course binder with lecture notes
Research papers 


  • EXA1 - Examination, 4.0, grading scale: P, F

Two home‐assignments: 

  1. Eigenwave analysis of one reciprocal and one non‐reciprocal media. Topics depending on interest, e.g. birefringerent crystals; ferrites; plasmas; Faraday media; chiral media. 
  2. Scattering of radiation from a line source in front of a layered structure. Topic depending on interest, e.g. lens; polarizer; reflector; absorber; etc. 

Requirements for final grade

Satisfactory performance in all home‐assignments. Oral presentation of one assignment.

Offered by

EECS/Electromagnetic Engineering


Martin Norgren <mnorgren@kth.se>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2011.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2019.