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Classical electrodynamics II


Saturday, 29 February 2020 to Friday, 29 May 2020
Total hours: 24
Hours of lectures: 24

Examination procedure

  • Written test
  • oral exam


the class is for chemistry and physics second year students, prerequisite is the Classical Electrodynamics I class


8.  Macroscopic Maxwell’s equations

9.  Optical response functions

10. Phenomenological models of dielectric response

11. Dispersion relations and sum rules

12. Plasmons and polaritons

13. Basic elements of nonlinear optics


Educational goals:

Learn the physical principles that govern the interaction between electromagnetic fields and material media, with particular reference to light-matter interaction. Analyze the general properties of response functions and develop phenomenological models to describe various classes of materials. Have a first contact with some advanced issues that are the subject of current research.

Bibliographical references

Handout notes

Jackson “Classical Electrodynamics”

Landau-Lifsits “Electrodynamics of continuous media”