A student who has successfully passed the course should be able to
transform displacements, velocities, momenta, etc. from one inertial frame to another
explain and compute doppler shifts, aberrations and other light phenomena
determine outcomes of relativistic colissions including Compton scattering
explain the concept of the stress-tensor and determine it in different inertial frames
write down Maxwell's equations in covariant form
solve Maxwell's equations in the vacuum for various situations, including a radiating particle
Lorenz transformations: Minkowski space. Interval, proper time. Rotation group and Lorenz group. 4-vectors. Dirac and Majorana spinors. Relativistic Mechanics: 4-velocity and 4-momentum. Relativistic particles. 4-force and 4-acceleration. Energy-momentum conservation. Collisions. Relativistic treatment of electromagnetism: 4-vectors for electric charge and current density, tensor form of electromagnetic fields. Relativistic motion for a point charge in an electromagnetic field. Maxwell's equations in covariant form. Electromagnetic wave equation.
Lectures and tutorials.
Written examination. In addition there are hand-in problems. Credit points from these are included only in the regular exam and the first regular re-exam.
The course may not be included in the same higher education qualifications as 1FA154 Analytical mechanics and special relativity.