|Teaching methods (Werkvormen)
- 16 hours lecture
- 16 hours tutorial
|Pre-requisites (Vereiste voorkennis)
Bachelors course electromagnetism or equivalent.
The student has a thorough understanding of classical radiation theory, and is capable to solve the exercises of the treated subjects at the level of Jackson's 'Classical Electrodynamics'.
The subject of this course is electromagnetic radiation. The course opens with a derivation of the retarded Green function from Maxwell’s equations. This Green function is used to derive the potential (Lienard-Wiechert) and radiation from an accelerated charge. The special case of a constant velocity larger than the speed of light in a medium leads to a qualitative description of Cerenkov radiation. The case of uniform circular motion is worked out to the point of a qualitative treatment of the power spectrum of cyclotron and synchrotron radiation. Other important examples that are treated in the course are radiation from scattering of light to a free electron. (Thomson and Compton scattering) and radiation from a collision of two charges (Bremsstrahlung). Finally the radiation of an oscillating charge distribution is treated in a multipole expansion up to the quadrupole term. An application is Rayleigh scattering and the structure function of a material. Level: Introduction to Jackson: “Electrodynamics”
- J.D. Jackson, Classical Electrodynamics, 1998, ISBN 0-4713-0932-X