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Current Academic Year 2023  2024
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Description INACTIVE  This module is designed to develop the student's knowledge and understanding of electromagnetic fields and electromagnetic wave propagation, including guided wave propagation in systems operating as transmission lines, and microwave waveguides. The module includes a thorough development of the mathematical tools (field theory, differential operators and the solution of partial differential equations), required for analysis of these types of systems.  
Learning Outcomes 1. derive Maxwell's equations 2. manipulate the scalar and vector field quantities that arise in time varying electromagnetims and perform vector calculus operations on them. 3. mathematically represent wave and an electromagnetic wave. 4. analyse the propagation of an electromagnetic wave in free space, at a media interfaces, and in various waveguides. 5. derive, calculate and manipulate an expression for the skin depth. 6. derive, calculate and manipulate Poynting vector.  
All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml 

Indicative Content and Learning Activities
Mathematical background A review of vector analysis. A review of physical concepts. An overview of the wave equation. Introduction of the concept of mode, illustration of Fourier series. Electromagnetic wave A summary of Electrostatics and Magnetostatics. Timevarying fields, Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic potentials. Electromagnetic waves: mathematical representation of plane waves. Poynting vector. Skin depth and its importance in RF transmission, an introduction to plasmonics. Guided waves from twoplate waveguide to transmission lines. TE and TM waveguides. Electromagnetic radiation of an oscillating elemental dipole Electromagnetics of circuits: resonance and radiation.  
 
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