will contain PDF copies of the lectures by Prof.
as they are delivered during the spring of 2016. The content of the files “Lecture #”
is what was written on the screen of room 306. Also here you can find the
handwritten scanned lectures of the professor based on his notes, with more detail.
Also additional material, such as some scientific papers discussed in class,
are included in this web page.
Week 1 (Thursday Jan. 14) Lecture 1
Week 2 (Tuesday Jan.19) Lecture 2
(Thursday Jan 21) No lecture due to weather problems.
Week 3 (Tuesday Jan.26) Lecture 3
(Thursday Jan. 28) Lecture 4
Week 4 (Tuesday Feb 2) Lecture 5
(Thursday Feb. 4) Lecture 6
Week 5 (Tuesday Feb. 9) Lecture 7
(Thursday Feb. 11) Lecture 8
Week 6 (Tuesday Feb. 16) Lecture 9
(Thursday Feb. 18) Lecture 10
Week 7 (Tuesday Feb. 23) Lecture 11
No lecture Thursday Feb 25 due to mid term exam 1
Week 8 (Tuesday March 1) Lecture 12
(Thursday March 3) No class due to trip of professor.
(Tuesday March 8) Lecture 13
(Thursday March 10) Lecture 14
Week of March 15-17 SPRING BREAK!!
(Tuesday March 22) Lecture 15
(Thursday March 24) Lecture 16
Here there is an interesting link to an article about the 150 years of Maxwell equations.
Here there is another one.
(Tuesday March 29) Lecture 17
(Thursday March 31) Lecture 18
(Tuesday April 5) Lecture 19
(Tuesday April 7) Lecture 20
(Tuesday April 12) Lecture 21
(Thursday April 14) Lecture 22
In class we discussed briefly the possibility of having antennas made out of several dipoles pointing along the z axis,
that could be all located in the xy plane at some distance from each other related with the wavelength, or they could be
phase shifted, leading to a variety of patterns, including a cardioid and also a “beam” i.e. unidirectional radiation.
You can find my notes on this subject in the following file
These notes were based on many sources including the following
In class we followed
the correction factor 1/(1-v/c). We also used the limit from a “cloud” charge distribution rho to a point charge q.
HOWEVER, this is not needed. There is a rigorous mathematical derivation that starts with a “delta” function
for the charge and arrives perfectly to the correction factor. The information is in the following link:
In far less detail, and using a relativistic notation, this
is also done on page 662
(Tuesday April 19) Lecture 23
(Thursday April 21) Lecture 24
(Tuesday April 26) Lecture 25 This was the last lecture of the semester!!
TOPICS NOT COVERED THIS YEAR
1. Electrostatic energy of ionic cystals. Madelung constants.
2. Subtleties of gauge fixing.
Fixing a gauge is more subtle than usually believed. A discussion can be
found in this Wikipedia link “Gauge Fixing” . In non-abelian theories, gauge
fixing may lead to the Gribov ambiguity where an apparently good gauge may
not intersect a gauge orbit or may do it more than once. See Gribov ambiguity