Electromagnetic Theory


Prof. Pradeep Kumar

IIT Kanpur

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Electromagnetic theory is a core course in Electrical Engineering curriculum. The course covers static and dynamic electric and magnetic fields and their interaction. Major topics include Electromagnetic Waves, Transmission Lines, Waveguides, and Antenna fundamentals. In addition, quasi-static analysis and numerical methods are also discussed. Successful completion of the course will allow students to take up Microwave Engg, Antennas, and Optics for future studies.


 The course is an integral part of EE curriculum. Students after completing this course can take up courses in Microwave Engg, Optics, Antennas etc.


This is a undergraduate core course required as a foundation to other courses in Microwave, Optical, and Antenna engineering.


Dr. Pradeep Kumar K. obtained his PhD from IIT Madras specializing in quantum cryptography. He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT Kanpur in 2009. He is also associated with the Centre for Lasers & Photonics. At IIT Kanpur he and his students work in the fields of quantum key distribution, nonlinear fiber optics for signal processing, mitigation of linear and nonlinear impairments in coherent optical communications, mode locked fiber lasers and chaos, fiber-optic sensors for undersea applications, and fiber-optic modeling. He is also actively involved in the LIGO-India effort under IndiGO umbrella. His lab develops single-photon detectors, single- and subcarrier RF transceivers, and is currently working on true random number generators. He has published over 40 papers in peer reviewed journals and conferences. He also holds three patents (one granted and two pending). His MOOC courses on NPTEL has been very popular with more than 15000 enrollments from across the country.

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Course Details

Week 1  :  Coulomb’s law and electric fields
Week 2  :  Gauss’s law, potential and energy, conductors and dielectrics
Week 3  :  Laplace and Poisson equations, solution methods, and capacitance
Week 4  :  Biot-Savart and Ampere’s laws, inductance calculation
Week 5  :  Magnetic materials, Faraday’s law and quasi-static analysis
Week 6  :  Maxwell equations and uniform plane waves
Week 7  :  Wave propagation in dielectrics and conductors, skin effect, normal incidence
Week 8  :  Oblique incidence, Snell’s law, and total internal reflection
Week 9  :   Transmission lines, Smith chart, impedance matching
Week 10  :  Transients and pulse propagation on transmission line
Week 11  :  Waveguides: Metallic and Dielectric
Week 12  :  Antenna fundamentals

Books and References

•    Engineering Electromagnetics, W. H. Hayt and J. A. Buck, 7th edition, Tata McGraw Hill
•    Electromagnetics with applications, J. D. Kraus and Fleisch, Tata McGraw-Hill
•    Principles of Electromagnetics, M. O. Sadiku, Oxford University Press
•    Fields and Waves in Communication Electronics, S. Ramo, J. R. Whinnery, and T. Van Duzer, Wiley


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