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OPTI6104/8104 S109

OPTI6104/8104 Electromagnetic Waves

Spring 2010

Course description
Electromagnetic waves, since its theoretical prediction by James Clark Maxwell, have
become ubiquitous in our life, including wired and wireless communication, electrical
power transportation, interconnects in the computer chips, and surveillance. The purpose
of this course is to equip students with sufficient knowledge of theoretical foundation and
essential properties of electromagnetic waves as well as their applications.

This course is designed with two themes: waves in unbounded spaces and waves in
bounded spaces. In the former, the theory of electrodynamics and wave equations are
reviewed, followed by properties and propagation of electromagnetic waves in various
media. The study of wave generation is also included because of its increasing
importance in modern applications. In the second part, properties and propagation of
electromagnetic waves at interfaces and in guided media are studied, as well as properties
of waves in cavity.

The following topics will be covered:

• Maxwell’s equations, constitutive relations, and wave equations
• Uniform plane waves, polarization, and the Poynting theorem
• Electromagnetic potentials and dipole radiations
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• Wave propagations in dielectric, lossy, plasmas, and dispersive media

• Boundary conditions and wave at planar boundaries of various media
• Guided electromagnetic waves
• Metallic and/or dielectric waveguides
• Light scattering

OPTI 6101/8101

The assigned textbook is “Classical Electrodynamics,” 3nd edition, by J.D. Jackson.
However, other books will also be used as necessary. These include:

1. "Electromagnetic Waves," by David Staelin, Ann W. Morgenthaler, and Jin Au

Kong (Prentice Hall, 1998). Aktins Library does not have a copy and I will
include relevant material is lecture notes.
2. “Electromagnetic Wave Theory,” 2nd Edition, by Jin Au Kong (ISBN 0-9668143-
9-8, published by EMW, 2008). Aktins Library has an older copy with call #
QC661 .K648 1990). I will include relevant material is lecture notes.

Instructor: Dr. Tsing-Hua Her, Grigg 272, (o) 687-8139, ther@uncc.edu
Class meeting: Tuesday 5:00 – 7:30 PM, Grigg 133
Office hour: Tuesday 3:00 – 5:00 PM, Grigg 272. Other time is also available upon

Class will be conducted using tablet PC in Microsoft OneNote. Lecture notes as well as
handouts will be posted online at course website

Homework policy
Homework will be assigned during the class. Answers to homework will be posted
together with lecture notes online. Although homework assignments are not graded, it is
strongly encouraged that students go through these questions thoroughly at their own
pace. Students are advised to work out their complete answers and record them in a
separate notebook for quizzes. There will be 6 in-class quizzes, distributed randomly
throughout the semester with or without prior notice, containing questions taken from the
homework assignments. During these quizzes, students are allowed to use lecture notes
and their own personal homework notebooks to answer the questions.

A grade of A, B, C, or U will be determined using a 10-point grading scale. The final
grade is based on 100 points: A=90-100; B=80-89+; C=70-79+; U=<70. Weighting
factors are:
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Approximate 6 in-class quizzes 20%

Midterm 40%
Final Exam 40%

Academic integrity
Students have the responsibility to know and observe the requirements of The UNC
Charlotte Code of Student Academic Integrity. (Policy#105). The standards of
academic integrity will be enforced in this course. The code forbids cheating, fabrication
or falsification of information, multiple submissions of academic work, plagiarism, abuse
of academic materials, and complicity in academic dishonesty. You may work with study
partners and discuss the subject matter with them. However, each student is individually
responsible for his/her tests, papers, and reports. The UNC Charlotte Code of Student
Academic Integrity is published in the current University Catalog. The code is also
available at www.uncc.edu/unccatty/policystate/ps-105.html.

Course Outline
The following course outline is tentative and subject to change

Date Chapter Topics

12-Jan Maxwell's Equations, Electromagnetic Waves, & Polarization
Maxwell's Equations &
19-Jan EM Waves The Poynting Theorem
26-Jan Conservation of Momentum
2-Feb Optical Properties of Material
9-Feb Constitutive Relations
Waves in Media
16-Feb Waves in Dielectric Media (iostropic & anisotropic)
23-Feb Waves in Dispersive or Lossy Media
2-Mar midterm
16-Mar Electromagnetic Boundary Conditions & Phase Matching
23-Mar Waves at Interfaces Reflection & Transmission at Lossless & Lossy Media
30-Mar Reflection & Transmission at Layered Media
26-Jan Retarded Potentials
2-Feb Electric Dipole Radiation
20-Apr Scattering by Dielectric Spheres
27-Apr Scattering by Conductive Spheres