COURSE GOALS: The principle objectives of the course Electrodynamics of continuous media are formulation of the theoretical background for macroscopic response functions in solid state physics, solutions of selected problem from macroscopic electrodynamics and their application to typical experimental situations.
LEARNING OUTCOMES AT THE LEVEL OF THE PROGRAMME:
Upon completing the degree, students will be able to:
1. KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
1.2 demonstrate a thorough knowledge of advanced methods of theoretical physics including classical mechanics, classical electrodynamics, statistical physics and quantum physics
1.3 demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the most important physics theories (logical and mathematical structure, experimental support, described physical phenomena)
2. APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
2.2 evaluate clearly the orders of magnitude in situations which are physically different, but show analogies, thus allowing the use of known solutions in new problems;
2.3 apply standard methods of mathematical physics, in particular mathematical analysis and linear algebra and corresponding numerical methods
3. MAKING JUDGEMENTS
3.2 develop a personal sense of responsibility, given the free choice of elective/optional courses
4. COMMUNICATION SKILLS
4.3 develop the written and oral English language communication skills that are essential for pursuing a career in physics
5. LEARNING SKILLS
5.1 search for and use physical and other technical literature, as well as any other sources of information relevant to research work and technical project development (good knowledge of technical English is required)
LEARNING OUTCOMES SPECIFIC FOR THE COURSE:
Upon passing the course Electrodynamics of continuous media, the student will be able to:
1. understand qualitatively and quantitatively electrodynamic aspects of basic experimental methods in solid state physics
2. define and interpret different response functions (conductivity, magnetic susceptibility, etc)
3. demonstrate understanding of the relation between solutions of simple problems from classical electrodynamics and typical experimental situations in solid state physics
4. demonstrate knowledge of temperature effects in macroscopic electrodynamics
5. demonstrate knowledge of basic concepts in theory of phase transitions
COURSE DESCRIPTION:
1. Classical and semiclassical electrodynamics
2. Response functions in dielectrics
3. Depolarization fields in dielectrics
4. Electrostatic energy of dielectrics
5. Macroscopic magnetostatic
6. DC currents
7. Ferroelectrics and ferromagnets
8. Quasistatic electromagnetic fields in conductors
9. Microscopic dielectric susceptibility in conductors and dielectrics
10. KramersKronig relations
11. Energy of electromagnetic fields in dispersive media
12. Reflectivity measurements
13. Xray scattering
REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS:
Students should attend lectures and exercises and solve one rather difficult problem which requires numerical calculations.
GRADING AND ASSESSING THE WORK OF STUDENTS:
The final grade is formed from the seminar paper (2 ECTS) and the final oral exam (3 ECTS).

 1. L. D. Landau, E. M. Lifshitz, L. P.Pitavskii, Electrodynamics of Continuous Media, ButterworthHeinemann, 1995;
2. M. Dressel, G. Gruner, Electrodynamics of Solids, Cambridge University Press, 2002.
