Course syllabus

Elektromagnetisk vågutbredning
Electromagnetic Wave Propagation

ETEN05, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2015/16
Decided by: Education Board A
Date of Decision: 2015-04-10

General Information

Elective for: E4, F4, F4-tf, F4-f, Pi4-bs
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


Electromagnetic waves are the final link on which modern communication relies, and are hence of fundamental importance for today's society. This course treats how electromagnetic waves propagate in different materials and structures, which has applications in wireless and wired communication systems, scattering theory, and non-destructive testing.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must


The Maxwell equations and boundary conditions. Constitutive relations. Energy relations. Time harmonic fields. Plane waves, polarisation. Plane wave propagation in complex materials (isotropic, anisotropic, gyrotropic, bi-isotropic). Reflection and transmission at normal and oblique incidence for interfaces, slabs, and multilayer structures. Beams and the paraxial approximation. Wave propagation in inhomogeneous materials. Numerical methods e.g. finite difference methods and raytracing.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: For the grade 3 completed assignments, electronic quizzes, and a project with oral presentation and written report are required. The assignments, quizzes, and the project must be done during the course. For higher grades an oral examination is required.


Required prior knowledge: ETE110 Modeling and Simulation in Field Theory or ETI015 Electromagnetic Fields, Advanced Course or ETE055/ETEF01/ESS050 Electromagnetic Field Theory.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: ETE071

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Daniel Sjöberg,
Course homepage:
Further information: With less than 16 participants, the course may be given with reduced teaching and more self studies.