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Electromagnetic waves : optics and propagation in materials


At the end of this module, the student will have understood and be able to explain the
concepts of temporal and spatial coherences of two light sources, the interference and
diffraction phenomena, the propagation of electromagnetic waves in simple materials
(linear, homogeneous and isotropic, dielectric, magnetic or conductive), the reflection
and the refraction at one interface, the principle of rectangular metallic wave guides
and of the electromagnetic energy transport.
The student will be able to calculate the interference patterns in the case of two Young
slits and of diffraction grating, and the diffraction pattern in the case of a rectangular
aperture. He will also be able to use the Maxwell equation to determine the nature of
the electromagnetic waves in a simple system (L.H.I. material, interface between two
materials, confined space between two planes of conductive material)

Needed prerequisite

Electromagnetism in vacuum, mathematical
tools : complex numbers, vector fields, differential calculus

Form of assessment

The evaluation of outcome prior learning is made as a continuous training during the semester. According ot the teaching, the assessment will be different: as a written exam, an oral exam, a record, a written report, peers review...