Maxwell Equations Wave Propagation and Emission


Tamer Bécherrawy, Consultant, France

ISBN : 9781848213555

Publication Date : June 2012

Hardcover 560 pp

145.00 USD



This book deals with electromagnetic theory and its applications at the level of a senior-level undergraduate course for science and engineering. The basic concepts and mathematical analysis are clearly developed and the important applications are analyzed. Each chapter contains numerous problems ranging in difficulty from simple applications to challenging. The answers for the problems are given at the end of the book. Some chapters which open doors to more advanced topics, such as wave theory, special relativity, emission of radiation by charges and antennas, are included.

The material of this book allows flexibility in the choice of the topics covered. Knowledge of basic calculus (vectors, differential equations and integration) and general physics is assumed. The required mathematical techniques are gradually introduced. After a detailed revision of time-independent phenomena in electrostatics and magnetism in vacuum, the electric and magnetic properties of matter are discussed. Induction, Maxwell equations and electromagnetic waves, their reflection, refraction, interference and diffraction are also studied in some detail. Four additional topics are introduced: guided waves, relativistic electrodynamics, particles in an electromagnetic field and emission of radiation. A useful appendix on mathematics, units and physical constants is included.


1. Prologue.
2. Electrostatics in Vacuum.
3. Conductors and Currents.
4. Dielectrics.
5. Special Techniques and Approximation Methods.
6. Magnetic Field in Vacuum.
7. Magnetism in Matter.
8. Induction.
9. Maxwell’s Equations.
10. Electromagnetic Waves.
11. Reflection, Interference, Diffraction and Diffusion.
12. Guided Waves.
13. Special Relativity and Electrodynamics.
14. Motion of Charged Particles in an Electromagnetic Field.
15. Emission of Radiation.

About the authors/editors

Tamer Bécherrawy received a Doctorate from the University of Paris and a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Rochester, New York. He has taught physics at the Faculty of Science of the Lebanese University in Beirut, the University of Savoy in Chambery, the IUFM and the University of Nancy in France. He was head of the Physics Department at the Lebanese University and is the author of a number of research articles on High Energy Particle Physics.

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