Electrodynamics of Continuous Media

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Elsevier, Oct 22, 2013 - Science - 1341 pages
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Covers the theory of electromagnetic fields in matter, and the theory of the macroscopic electric and magnetic properties of matter. There is a considerable amount of new material particularly on the theory of the magnetic properties of matter and the theory of optical phenomena with new chapters on spatial dispersion and non-linear optics. The chapters on ferromagnetism and antiferromagnetism and on magnetohydrodynamics have been substantially enlarged and eight other chapters have additional sections.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER I ELECTROSTATICS OF CONDUCTORS
1
CHAPTER II ELECTROSTATICS OF DIELECTRICS
34
CHAPTER III STEADY CURRENT
86
CHAPTER IV STATIC MAGNETIC FIELD
105
CHAPTER V FERROMAGNETISM AND ANTIFERROMAGNETISM
130
CHAPTER VI SUPERCONDUCTIVITY
180
CHAPTER VII QUASISTATIC ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD
199
CHAPTER VIII MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS
225
CHAPTER XI ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVES IN ANISOTROPIC MEDIA
331
CHAPTER XII SPATIAL DISPERSION
358
CHAPTER XIII NONLINEAR OPTICS
372
CHAPTER XIV THE PASSAGE OF FAST PARTICLES THROUGH MATTER
394
CHAPTER XV SCATTERING OF ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVES
413
CHAPTER XVI DIFFRACTION OF XRAYS IN CRYSTALS
439
CURVILINEAR COORDINATES
452
INDEX
455

CHAPTER IX THE ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVE EQUATIONS
257
CHAPTER X THE PROPAGATION OF ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVES
290

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Lev Davidovich Landau was born on January 22, 1908 in Baku, U.S.S.R (now Azerbaijan). A brilliant student, he had finished secondary school by the age of 13. He enrolled in the University of Baku a year later, in 1922, and later transferred to the University of Leningrad, from which he graduated with a degree in physics. Landau did graduate work in physics at Leningrad's Physiotechnical Institute, at Cambridge University in England, and at the Institute of Theoretical Physics in Denmark, where he met physicist Neils Bohr, whose work he greatly admired. Landau worked in the Soviet Union's nuclear weapons program during World War II, and then began a teaching career. Considered to be the founder of a whole school of Soviet theoretical physicists, Landau was honored with numerous awards, including the Lenin Prize, the Max Planck Medal, the Fritz London Prize, and, most notably, the 1962 Nobel Prize for Physics, which honored his pioneering work in the field of low-temperature physics and condensed matter, particularly liquid helium. Unfortunately, Landau's wife and son had to accept the Nobel Prize for him; Landau had been seriously injured in a car crash several months earlier and never completely recovered. He was unable to work again, and spent the remainder of his years, until his death in 1968, battling health problems resulting from the accident. Landau's most notable written work is his Course of Theoretical Physics, an eight-volume set of texts covering the complete range of theoretical physics. Like several other of Landau's books, it was written with Evgeny Lifshitz, a favorite student, because Landau himself strongly disliked writing. Some other works include What is Relativity?, Theory of Elasticity, and Physics for Everyone.

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