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Classical Electrodynamics

From Image Charges to the Photon Mass and Magnetic Monopoles


  • Presents classical methods for solving difficult problems

  • Covers unconventional subjects in order to provide deeper insights into classical electrodynamics

  • Includes a wealth of examples and problems with worked-out solutions


Part of the Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics book series (ULNP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Francesco Lacava
    Pages 1-15
  3. Francesco Lacava
    Pages 33-53
  4. Francesco Lacava
    Pages 55-71
  5. Francesco Lacava
    Pages 87-98
  6. Francesco Lacava
    Pages 99-112
  7. Francesco Lacava
    Pages 113-120
  8. Francesco Lacava
    Pages 121-142
  9. Francesco Lacava
    Pages 143-159
  10. Francesco Lacava
    Pages 173-187
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 189-195

About this book


This book proposes intriguing arguments that will enable students to achieve a deeper understanding of electromagnetism, while also presenting a number of classical methods for solving difficult problems. Two chapters are devoted to relativistic electrodynamics, covering all aspects needed for a full comprehension of the nature of electric and magnetic fields and, subsequently, electrodynamics. Each of the two final chapters examines a selected experimental issue, introducing students to the work involved in actually proving a law or theory. Classical books on electricity and magnetism are mentioned in many references, helping to familiarize students with books that they will encounter in their further studies. Various problems are presented, together with their worked-out solutions. The book is based on notes from special lectures delivered by the author to students during the second year of a BSc course in Physics, but the subject matter may also be of interest to senior physicists, as many of the themes covered are completely ignored or touched only briefly in standard textbooks.


Undergraduate electrodynamics textbook Classical methods and problems in electrodymanics Relativistic electrodynamics Magnetic monopole in electrodymanics Method of image charges in electrodymanics Relativistic transformations of the electric field Relativistic covariance

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Università "La Sapienza" di RomaROMAItaly

About the authors

Francesco Lacava is Associate Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Rome “Sapienza”, Italy. His research interests include the physics of hadron colliders and the development of detectors for particle physics. He has been involved in the ATLAS Experiment at LHC over the past two decades, and is currently working on the upgrade of the muon tracking detectors. He previously participated in the UA1 Experiment at the CERN proto-antiproton collider, which discovered the W and Z bosons in 1983. He is the author or co-author of more than 600 papers on high-energy particle physics and detectors.

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