Electromagnetics (EM) embody the laws of electrodynamics and constitute the fundamental underlying physics of electrical, electronic, communication, computer, optical, biological, and geophysical technologies. Graduate students and faculty in the electromagnetics area seek to solve a range of practical problems in a wide range of applications.
Graduate students plan their M.S. and Ph.D. programs by choosing a range of comprehensive course offerings and research. Fundamental concepts are treated in Master's level courses while more specialized courses supplement the research program. The facilities available and, more importantly, the research being pursued, are intended to train students to perform cutting edge research in university, government, and industrial settings.
Applied electromagnetics research at MSU comes in three flavors: (I) analytical, (ii) experimental, and(iii) computational. Faculty at MSU have cross expertise in these areas and typically work in concert with each other to solve specific problems. The research covers a large frequency range, from statics to millimeter and terahertz waves.
In experimental research, students and faculty are currently developing smart antennas that respond to changing signals, developing methods for material characterization, designing novel radar systems and radar sensing applications and RF antennas for breast cancer therapy, and developing non-destructive evaluation techniques. In addition, MSU is renowned for its research in microwave plasma applications.
In the computational area, research is being carried out to develop rigorous physics-based “fast” methods with computational cost and memory that scale linearly with the number of unknowns. Researchers are developing fast time and frequency domain integral equation solvers, higher order finite element methods, meshless methods, hybrid circuit simulators, and multi-physics solvers. These tools are being applied to problems that range from nanophotonics to molecular dynamics, surface enhanced Raman sensors, nanostructure growth, RCS computations, design of conformal antennas, design of materials, and characterization for high-speed circuit analysis.