PHY1510H S (ARTS & SCI 450)
Relativistic Electrodynamics
Official description
The course illustrates, using classical electromagnetism, how symmetry principles and scaling arguments combine to determine the basic laws of physics. It is shown that the electromagnetic action (from which follow the equations of motion) is uniquely fixed by the principles of special relativity, gauge invariance, and locality. Additional topics include motion of relativistic particles in external electric and magnetic fields, radiation from point charges, and the breakdown of classical electromagnetism.
 Prerequisite
 PHY350H1
 Textbook

Required: (A) The Classical Theory of Fields by Landau and Lifshitz and (B) Introduction to Electrodynamics, 4th ed by D. Griffiths
 Breadth requirement
 BR=TBA
 Distribution requirement
 DR=SCI
Additional information
Cross listed undergraduate course link: Relativistic Electrodynamics  PHY450H1
An introduction to relativistic electrodynamics. Topics include: special relativity, fourvectors and tensors, relativistic dynamics from the Principle of Stationary Action and Maxwell's equations in Lorentz covariant form. Noether's theorem for fields and the energymomentum tensor. Fields of moving charges and electromagnetic radiation: retarded potential, LienardWiechert potentials, multipole expansion, radiation reaction.
 course title
 PHY1510H S (ARTS & SCI 450)
 session
 winter
 group
 cross listed course
 time and location

This cross listed course is offered at together with PHY450H1. For course schedule please see: PHY450H1
 instructor