6.632 Electromagnetic Wave Theory

Spring 2003

Image of a Helmholtz coil.
A Helmholtz coil, adapted from Problem Set 11 in the assignments section. (Image courtesy of MIT OCW.)

Course Highlights

This course features a full set of problem sets and some MATLAB® demonstrations which help to illustrate the principles of electromagnetic wave theory.

Course Description

6.632 is a graduate subject on electromagnetic wave theory, emphasizing mathematical approaches, problem solving, and physical interpretation. Topics covered include: waves in media, equivalence principle, duality and complementarity, Huygens' principle, Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction, dyadic Green's functions, Lorentz transformation, and Maxwell-Minkowski theory. Examples deal with limiting cases of Maxwell's theory and diffraction and scattering of electromagnetic waves.

Technical Requirements

The latest version of QuickTime® Player can be used to run the .mp4 files found on this course site.

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*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Jin Au Kong

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hour / session