Classical Electrodynamics

A Modern Perspective

  • Kurt Lechner

Part of the UNITEXT for Physics book series (UNITEXTPH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  2. Theoretical Foundations

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  3. Applications

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  5. Back Matter
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About this book


This book addresses the theoretical foundations and the main physical consequences of electromagnetic interaction, generally considered to be one of the four fundamental interactions in nature, in a mathematically rigorous yet straightforward way. The major focus is on the unifying features shared by classical electrodynamics and all other fundamental relativistic classical field theories. The book presents a balanced blend of derivations of phenomenological predictions from first principles on the one hand, and concrete applications on the other. Further, it highlights the internal inconsistencies of classical electrodynamics, and addresses and resolves often-ignored critical issues, such as the dynamics of massless charged particles, the infinite energy of the electromagnetic field, and the limits of the Green’s function method. Presenting a rich, multilayered, and critical exposition on the electromagnetic paradigm underlying the whole Universe, the book offers a valuable resource for researchers and graduate students in theoretical physics alike.


Classical Electrodynamics textbook Variational methods in field theory Theory of radiation Electromagnetic self-interaction Magnetic monopoles Fundamental interactions Mathematical foundations of the electrodynamics Electromagnetic and gravitational radiation Developments of theoretical high energy physics Massive electromagnetic vector potentials

Authors and affiliations

  • Kurt Lechner
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  1. 1.Department of Physics and Astronomy Galileo GalileiUniversity of PaduaPaduaItaly

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