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Graduate Electrodynamics books

  1. Sep 16, 2009 #1
    Hi Folks

    J. D. Jackson's last edition to his Classical Electrodynamics (3rd edition) was ten years ago. Are most graduate physics programs still using his text? It appears that some programs maybe using Schwinger's book. What other graduate level texts are in use?

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  3. Sep 16, 2009 #2
    As far as I know, Jackson's book is still the standard text. I have actually never met a Physics PhD from recent years (the last 15 years or so) who has not used Jackson's book in graduate electrodynamics. That doesn't mean no one does, but I think it is fairly rare.
     
  4. Sep 16, 2009 #3
    Re: Graduate EM books

    Ramo - Whinnery and Van Duzer

    Fields and Waves in Comm. Electronics

    a classic
     
  5. Sep 16, 2009 #4

    Born2bwire

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    Re: Graduate EM books

    The only general graduate EM book I have used is Jackson's. Any other class that dealt with a specified topic chose a text dealing with that specific field, "Waves and Fields in Inhomogeneous Media," "Electromagnetic Noise and Quantum Optical Measurements," or "The Finite Element Method in Electromagnetics" for example, all of which were chosen at the whim of the instructor (and usually written by them too).

    Oh, I just remembered, Balanis' "Advanced Engineering Electromagnetics" was used for my graduate ECE EM course and his antenna book was also used in an antennas course.
     
  6. Sep 17, 2009 #5

    Meir Achuz

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    Re: Graduate EM books

    "Classical Electromagnetism" - Jerrold Franklin
     
  7. Sep 17, 2009 #6
    Re: Graduate EM books

    Thanks folks.
     
  8. Sep 17, 2009 #7

    Vanadium 50

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    Re: Graduate EM books

    First, practically everyone uses Dave Jackson's book.

    Alternatives? Lorraine and Corson, although it's a little more elementary and supplemented by Griffiths. Landau, Pitaevskii and Lifgarbagez is even more intense.
     
  9. Sep 17, 2009 #8
    Re: Graduate EM books

    You can download this free book. Not sure how well it stacks up against the ones listed in the posts above.

    http://www.plasma.uu.se/CED/Book/

    Thanks
    Matt
     
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