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A distributional formulation of electromagnetic fields and sources in the presence of media discontinuities

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Article number012006
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2010
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Number of pages32
<mark>Original language</mark>English


A self-contained formulation of Maxwell's theory of electromagnetic fields and sources is presented in the language of distributional forms. Properties of a fundamental double-form of bi-degree (p,p) for p ≥ 0 are reviewed in order to establish a computational framework for analysing equations involving the Hodge-de Rham operator for p–forms on space or spacetime and singular sources. A constructive approach to Dirac distributions on (moving) submanifolds embedded in R3 is developed in terms of (Leray) forms generated by the geometry of the embedding and illustrative examples presented from problems in electrostatics, magnetostatics and radiating point charges. The formulation offers a straightforward analysis of the relativistic jump conditions across static and moving interfaces where certain fields become discontinuous and provides a general methodology for electromagnetic modeling where possibly time dependent sources of certain physical attributes, such as electric charge, electric current and polarization or magnetization, are concentrated on localized regions in space or spacetime.