ES 151
Applied Electromagnetism

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Harvard University

Spring 2015
Tuesday & Thursday 1:00pm - 2:30pm
@ Maxwell-Dworkin 119
Instructor -Donhee Ham

Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics & EE
[office hours] TBD [office] Maxwell-Dworkin 131
[email] [tel] 6-9451

Teaching fellow - Cheng Wang
[office hours] TBD [office] TBD
[email] [tel] TBD

Course description [Course syllabus]

Electromagnetism (mostly classical electromagnetism, but with some flavor of quantum electrodynamics in a certain set of topics) and its applications in science and technology:

* Maxwell's equations - electrostatics, magnetostatics, electromagnetic induction, and displacement current;
* Electromagnetic waves (light, micorwaves, etc);
* Electromagnetic wave propagation through media discontinuity;
* Guided electromagnetic waves - transmission lines and waveguides;
* Electromagnetic resonators/cavities and microwave circuits;
* Electromagnetic radiation (mostly classical /w a bit of quantum) and antenna;
* Interactions between electromagnetic waves and solid-state dielectrics and conductors - optics and plasmonics of solids;
* Optical devices;
* Origin of colors;
* Interference and diffraction;
* Nuclear magnetic resonance and magnetic resonance imaging;
* Diamagnetism, paramagnetism, and ferromagnetism;
* Lasers and masers;
* Black body radiation, noise, and radio astronomy;
* Radar and wireless communication systems;
* Electromagnetism and the theory of special relativity (if time permits).

Basic electromagnetism (Physics 11b or 15b or equivalent), basic vector calculus (Applied Math 21a or equivalent), basic differential equations (Applied Math 21b or equivalent), and familiairty with Fourier analysis (Applied Math 21b or equivalent).

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Grading policy

* Homework (30%), Midterm (30%), Final (40%)

* Homework collaboration policy: Limited collaboration is allowed, but you should turn in your own homework. You can discuss problems with other students taking the course, but final solutions should not be exchanged. You should make it sure that you understand the solution you turn in, and write up the solution in your own words. Basic guideline is not to take undue advantage of any other student.

* Late grading policy: Each weekly set of homework problems will be handed out in class on each Thursday, and due 12:45 pm sharp next Thursday (15 minutes before class) at the drop box outside my office (Maxwell-Dworkin Room 131). Late work will be reduced 25% per week. There is no exception to this rule, other than University-established emergency cases (a letter from authorizedd official is required). This late grading policy will be strictly enforced for fairness to all.

Donhee Ham Lab, Maxwell-Dworkin Laboratory, Harvard U, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
PI Ph: (617) 496-9451, Fax:
(617) 495-2489,
Lab1: (617) 496-0142, Lab2: (617) 496-0318, Lab3: (617) 495-1052