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On the role of fractional calculus in electromagnetic theory
Departmental Papers (ESE)
  • Nader Engheta, University of Pennsylvania
Document Type
Journal Article
Date of this Version
Copyright YEAR 1997. Reprinted from IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, Volume 39, Issue 4, August 1997, pages 35-46.

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We have applied the concept of fractional derivatives/integrals in several specific electromagnetic problems, and have obtained promising results and ideas that demonstrate that these mathematical operators can be interesting and useful tools in electromagnetic theory. We give a brief review of the general principles, definitions, and several features of fractional derivatives/integrals, and then we review some of our ideas and findings in exploring potential applications of fractional calculus in some electromagnetic problems.

  • fractional derivative,
  • fractional integral,
  • electromagnetism,
  • fractional multipole
Citation Information
Nader Engheta. "On the role of fractional calculus in electromagnetic theory" (1997)
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