SPA 631 - WAVES AND FIELDS

Semester Hours: 3

This course will cover the following topics: 1) Review of static solutions of the Maxwell equations. Boundary-value applications. Green function solutions. 2) Covariant electrodynamics: Basic application of special relativity to charged particles and fields. Lienard-Wiechert potentials. Solutions to the wave equation. 3) Space Science applications: Thermal Spectra and Particle Distributions. Cyclotron and synchrotron radiation. Bremsstrahlung and collisions. Compton Scattering. Prerequisite: SPA 610.