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Electromagnetics

 

Chapter 13

is on "Transmission Lines,

W a v e Guides

by

J

D.

Kraus and

K.

R.

Carver

and Resonators."

The discussions are quite standard.

\IcGraw-Hill,

New York

(1973)

Chapter 14 is

on "Antennas and

Radiators" which

con-

(828 pages)

 

tains much of the material of the book Antennas by

The first edition

of

this textbook

by J.

D.

Kraus

nras published in 1953 and has been one of the popular

textbooks in electromagnetic theory since.

Jords about the first edition may help to give a

general idea of the second edition. Several colleges

xed the first edition as

text for their graduate

A few

a

E.M.

courses.

The choice might have been

a

good one

then but it is weak at current standard. For 'an introductory course in electromagnetics for under- graduates, however, it would still be an excellent textbook. The outstanding feature of the first edi-

tion was

its

readability.

A student can almost learn

€rom the

book without the help of an instructor. That

gas made

possible, however,

by

the author's simple

spproach to physical and mathematical concepts. This

simple

and direct style

is still preserved in the

second

edition.

The q

CV approach to the energy

iensity of electrostatic field, (pp. 74-75, 2nd edn.),

snd the one dimensional approach to the uniqueness theorem (pp. 266-267) are examples of the author's ;tyle. The simple approach has indeed been used quite successfully in minimizing the obstacles to smooth reading. O n the other hand, it has the disadvantage

2f

insufficient rigor

and generality.

The

text

is,

therefore, best utilized for reading assignments to

students for preparations of lectures which contain nore sophisticated discussions.

The 2nd edition has included

many new

sections on

trave polarization, ray optics

2f

noving systems and space-time.

and geometrical theory

and plasmas, and

diffraction, antennas, particles

The first seven chapters discuss electrostatics

and magnetostatics.

trritten in the

integration formulas, such as dv perhaps

They

are in general very clearly

the first edition.

same style as

Many

2ould be changed to more descriptive ones, such as

dv' to indicate the distinction

Jetween field and source locations. Such

gould be

particularly helpful to beginners.

a change

Chapters

8,

9 and 10

are

time varying E.

M.

fields,

relation between

Chese chapters contain standard material similar to

Jther texts such tion Electronics

Fields and Waves in Communica-

fields and

as

byRamo,

circuits,

Whinnery

and plane waves.

and Van Duzer.

Chapter 1 1 is

on "Wave Polarization," which

in addi-

tion

to

the standard material also contains the dis-

xssions

on PoincarL sphere

and Stokes parameters.

Zhapter

12,

"Wave reflection, refraction

and diffrac-

tion," includes new sections on geometrical optics and

:eometric theory

are brief but readable

diffraction.

of

These new sections

and well presented.

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Kraus. These

text

erable amount of working knowledge

engineering from them.The chapter on antennas and radiators contains new sections on scanning arrays, frequency independent antennas, coherence, noise tem- perature, radio telescopes, noise power and antenna temperature, and antennas for polarization measurements. Much of the new material reflects the authors' interest in radio astronomy. And, most of the added sections

in electromagnetic

chapters consist of

two

230 pages

up

a

of

the

and a student should be able to pick

consid-

are very brief

and qualitative.

Chapter 15 on "Particles and Plasmas" includes

some

familiar topics in physical electronics

and elementary

physics of

plasmas.

The

presentation

is

concise but

clear.

Chapter 16 on

"Moving

Systems and

Space-Time"

seems

to be an

usefulness to the students intended marginal.

addendum to make the text complete.

seems

to be

Its

As

a whole, the

2nd edition, with

its

simple style,

expanded scope and

much better textbook than the original version.

provides sufficient working

and also prepares

new collections of problems

knowledge

makes

It

for the students

them for more advanced studies in

electromagnetic theories.

a

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