Classes offered by faculty of Nano-Optics and Optoelectronics Research Laboratory
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MIC505 Electromagnetics And Applications (core course)

Instructor: Dr. Marcus Dahlem
Pre-requisites: Basic calculus and differential equations.
Next time offered:  Spring 2014


Brief Description:

Electromagnetics is essential for understanding key concepts in electronics, photonics and micro-electromechanical systems. This course explores electromagnetic phenomena in modern applications, including wireless and optical communications, circuits, computer interconnects and peripherals, microwave communications and radar, antennas, sensors, micro-electromechanical systems, and power generation and transmission. Fundamentals include quasistatic and dynamic solutions to Maxwell's equations; waves, radiation, and diffraction; coupling to media and structures; guided waves; resonance; acoustic analogs; and forces, power, and energy.


Lecture schedule, by week:

Week 1: Introduction and overview; foundations, forces and fields, Gauss' and Ampere's laws for static fields. Media, boundary conditions
Week 2: Maxwell's differential equations (t), E, H, uniform plane wave. Complex differential Maxwell's equations; polarization.
Week 3: Poynting theorem, power and energy; time and frequency domains. Capacitors and inductors; toroidal inductors, inductors with gaps, transformers; circuit elements.
Week 4: Electric forces on e-beams, capacitor plates; generators, sensors. Magnetic forces, electron optics, motors and generators. Magnetic pressure, rotary wire and reluctance motors, forces on materials.
Week 5: Electromagnetic fields in media, uniaxial media, QWP. Lossy media, skin depth, fields, power, and energy.
Week 6: Boundary conditions, phase matching, Snell's law. TE at planar boundary, TM by duality, Brewster's angle.
Week 7: Device and line delays; TEM parallel-plate line, telegrapher equation. Transients: Thevenin equivalent; L, C, diode loads; initial conditions; lossy TEM.
Week 8: Mid-Term Break
Week 9: Mid-term. Architecture, generalized TEM line, Z(z); gamma plane; Smith chart.
Week 10: RLC resonators, series, parallel, coupling. TEM resonators.
Week 11: TE, TM parallel plate waveguide, cutoff, evanescence. Rectangular waveguide, cavity resonators, perturbations.
Week 12: Static dipole, superposition, Poisson equation. Radiation by current elements, Hertzian dipole.
Week 13: Radiation by charges; conservation of energy, power, RF links. Radar applications; receiving antennas; aperture antennas, diffraction.
Week 14: Wire antennas and wire arrays; fiber optics, applications, dielectric slab waveguide. Optical resonators, filters, multiplexers, interferometers..
Week 15: Acoustic waves, boundary conditions, reflections, antennas. Acoustic waveguides, resonators, resonator coupling.
Week 16: Final Exam

Course Grading:
  • 30% Homework
  • 20% Mid-Term Exam
  • 20% Class Project
  • 30% Final exam

Out-of class assignments
  • Ten homework assignments, each due at the end of the week following its assignment date.
  • One class project assigned in week 9, due in week 15 (from above timeline).

Course Materials
Textbooks
  • David Staelin, Ann Morgenthaler, and Jin Au Kong, Electromagnetic Waves, Prentice Hall, 1994. ISBN: 9780132258715
Recommended Readings
  • J. A. Kong, Electromagnetic Wave Theory, EMW Publishing, 2000. ISBN: 9780966814392
  • J. D. Jackson, Classical Electrodynamics, 3rd edition, Wiley, 1998. ISBN: 9780471309321
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