Foundations of Classical and Quantum Electrodynamics

  • ID: 4481398
  • Book
  • 734 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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This advanced textbook differs from other books on electrodynamics as many fundamental, traditional and new branches of science are being analyzed on the basis of both classical and quantum approaches. The joint statement of classical and quantum electrodynamics allows the reader to get a more organic, adequate, and multidimensional picture of the physical phenomena.

The book, oriented towards 3rd 4th year bachelor, Master, and PhD students, introduces the material at different levels, and describes the whole complexity of physical phenomena instead of a mosaic of disconnected data. The required mathematical background is collated in Chapter 1, while the necessary physical background is included in the main text of the corresponding chapters and also given in appendices.

The content is based on teaching material tested on students over many years, and their training to apply general theory for solving scientifi c and engineering problems. To this aim, the book contains approximately 800 examples and problems.

The Mathematical Methods of Electrodynamics

Basic Concepts of Electrodynamics: The Maxwell Equations

The Special Theory of Relativity and Relativistic Kinematics

Fundamentals of Relativistic Mechanics and Field Theory

Emission and Scattering of Electromagnetic Waves

Quantum Theory of Radiation Processes. Photon Emission and Scattering

Fundamentals of Quantum Theory of the Electron Positron Field

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Chapter 1. The Mathematical Methods of Electrodynamics

Chapter 2. Basic Concepts of Electrodynamics: The Maxwell Equations

Chapter 3. The Special Theory of Relativity and Relativistic Kinematics

Chapter 4. Fundamentals of Relativistic Mechanics and Field Theory

Chapter 5. Emission and Scattering of Electromagnetic Waves

Chapter 6. Quantum Theory of Radiation Processes. Photon Emission and Scattering

Chapter 7. Fundamentals of Quantum Theory of the Electron?Positron Field

Appendix A Conversion of Electric and Magnetic Quantities between the

International System of Units and the Gaussian System

Appendix B Variation Principle for Continuous Systems

Appendix C General Outline of Quantum Theory

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Igor N.Toptygin is Professor at the Theoretical Physics Department in Saint–Petersburg State Polytechnic University, Russia. He received his academic degrees in the field of physics and mathematics in 1964 (PhD) and 1974 (habilitation). He is an expert in theoretical physics and theoretical astrophysics. He is a member of the Scientific Council on Complex Problem of "Cosmic Rays" of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and a corresponding member of the International Academy of Sciences for High Education. He has been engaged for many years in theoretical studies of quantum paramagnetic amplifiers, acceleration of cosmic rays, radiation of relativistic particles in plasmas, etc.
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