Richard Jeffrey Wilkes
Emphasis may vary from year to year. Topics may include electromagnetic waves, radiation, scattering, wave guides, plasma physics, quantum electronics, and accelerator physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 543 or equivalent.
Preliminary list of topics to be covered: Spacetime and inertial frames Events, clocks, and observers Principle of relativity, and invariance Lorentz transform Simultaneity, worldlines and causality Momentum, energy and mass Creation and annihilation
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Prerequisites: Physics 543 or equivalent, or get permission of instructor by email. Calculus, linear algebra, and complex variables.
Class assignments and grading
Students prepare reports on a relevant topic of their choice.
Grades will be based on two reports on topics selected by the student.