Master’s studies

Syllabus for Electromagnetic Field Theory

Elektromagnetisk fältteori


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1FA252
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Technology A1N, Physics A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5
  • Established: 2010-03-18
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2017-05-04
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2017
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits with Electromagnetism II and Mathematical Methods of Physics.
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course the student shall be able to:
- formulate potential problems within electrostatics, magnetostatics and stationary current distributions in linear, isotropic media, and also solve such problems in simple geometries using separation of variables and the method of images
- define and derive expressions for the energy both for the electrostatic and magnetostatic fields, and derive Poyntings theorem from Maxwells equations and interpret the terms in the theorem physically
- describe and make calculations of plane electromagnetic waves in homogeneous media, including reflexion of such waves in plane boundaries between homogeneous media


Repetition of vector analysis. Repetition of the electrostatic and magnetostatic fields, including the polarisation field in dielectrics and the magnetisation field in magnetisable media. Potential theory (boundary value problems, uniqueness theorem, method of images, separation of variables) with applications in electrostatics, magnetostatics and stationary current distributions. Induction law and displacement current. Transformation of the electromagnetic field. Maxwells equations. Poyntings theorem. Wave equation, plane waves and a brief description of waves along different types of wave guides. Field penetration in conducting media. Skin depth. Generation of electromagnetic radiation (inhomogeneous wave equation, retarded potentials). Electric dipole radiation field. Derivation of circuit equations (Kirchoff's laws) from Maxwells equations.


Lectures and lessons. Guest lecture.


Written examination at the end of the course.
Half-time examination which can give bonus points that can be used at the examination and the regular re-examinations.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 30, 2017

  • Griffiths, David J. Introduction to electrodynamics

    4. ed., international ed.: Boston: Pearson, cop. 2013

    Find in the library


Or Pearson New International Edition, ISBN 9781292021423