After successful completion of this course, you will be familiar with electromagnetic fields and electromagnetic wave propagation in a variety of settings as encountered in Electrical Engineering and other fields. You will have a thorough understanding of Maxwell's equations and you will be able to explain in your own words how electromagnetic waves propagate through different materials. Moreover, you will know and understand the different kinds of reflection and transmission effects that can take place at the interface between two different media. You will also be able to predict what types of induced phenomena (such as heat production, charge accumulation, and surface current generation) can take place within a piece of matter or at its boundaries. In addition, you will have an understanding of how the electromagnetic field can be used to transport energy (information) from one point to another and you will recognize that so-called transmission lines can be used to guide this energy transport. Finally, you will know how the voltages and currents along transmission lines are related to the electromagnetic field quantities and you will have a firm knowledge and understanding of the propagation properties of these lines.
Contents: Review of vector algebra and calculus, electrostatics, magnetostatics, Lorentz's force law, Maxwell's equations in vacuum, the compatibility relations and causality, conservation of charge, time-harmonic electromagnetic fields, polarization state, Maxwell's equations in matter, induced currents and the constitutive relations, the electromagnetic boundary conditions, Poynting's theorem for transient and time-harmonic waves, uniform and nonuniform plane waves, TE and TM electromagnetic waves, reflection and transmission at planar interfaces, the Fresnel reflection and transmission coefficients, Brewster angle and total reflection, the electromagnetic field in a highly conducting material, eddy currents, skin effect, induced surface current and surface impedance, transverse electromagnetic waves (TEM waves), transmission lines and the basic transmission line equations (telegraph equations), characteristic impedance, the coaxial line and the parallel-plate waveguide, propagation along lossless and lossy transmission lines, introduction to radiation, generalization of Coulomb's law and the Biot-Savart law for time-dependent fields.
The course consists of lectures and two obligatory lab sessions
dr.ir. Rob Remis
Electromagnetic and acoustic wavefield modeling, imaging, and inversion
prof.dr. Nuria Llombart
THz planar antennas, periodic structures, reflector antennas, lens antennas and waveguide structures
dr. Oleg Krasnov
Radar; polarimetry; signal processing; remote sensing
Last modified: 2020-09-10