Target group 
Master’s Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences is responsible for the course.
Module where the course belongs to:
 PAP300 Advanced Studies in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences
Compulsory for:
 Study Track in Astrophysical Sciences
The course is available to students from other degree programmes. 
Timing 
The course will be offered in the autumn term, in period I. 
Learning outcomes 
 You will obtain solid knowledge of basic concepts and phenomena of plasma physics, useful for further studies concerning laboratory, fusion, space and astrophysical plasmas.
 You will obtain skills to analytically solve basic problems related to plasma physics, such as particle drifts in simple magnetic field and electric field configurations
 You will obtain skills to derive various basic plasma equations starting from basic set of fluid and Maxwell equations
 You will obtain solid conceptual understanding and theory behind several key basic plasma phenomena, such as magnetic reconnection, magnetohydrodynamic stability and plasma instabilities.
 You will obtain a good understanding of different approaches in plasma physics (single particle, kinetic and fluid)

Completion methods 
Contact teaching, but can be also taken as a distance learning course 
Prerequisites 
 Basic physics courses
 Solid calculation skills (e.g., Mathematics for Physicists III, Mathematical Methods of Physics III)
 Good knowledge on electrodynamics (e.g., Electrodynamics I and II)

Recommended optional studies 
 Space Applications of Plasma Physics
 Advanced Plasma Physics
 Solar Physics
 Numerical Space Physics

Contents 
After a brief introduction and a short review of electrodynamics needed in plasma physics, the following topics are discussed: motion of charged particles in electromagnetic fields, collisions and plasma conductivity, kinetic plasma description, macroscopic plasma quantities and equations, magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), magnetic reconnection, MHD waves, cold plasma waves, warm plasma, plasma physics and fusion research. 
Study materials and literature 
 Introduction to Plasma Physics Pdf Book
Other recommended material
 Hannu Koskinen: Johdatus plasmafysiikkaan ja sen avaruussovellutuksiin, Limes ry., 2001
 Baumjohann, W., Treumann, R., Basic Space Plasma Physics, Imperial College Press, 1996.
 Boyd, T. J. M., and Sanderson, J. J., The Physics of Plasmas, Cambridge University Press, 2003.
 Kivelson, M. G., and Russell (eds.), C. T., Introduction to Space Physics, Cambridge University Press, 1995.
 Koskinen, H. E. J., Physics of Space Storms, Springer/PRAXIS, 2011.
 Krall, N. A., and Trivelpiece, A. W. , Principles of Plasma Physics, San Francisco Press, 1986 (a reproduction of the original text published by McGrawHill, 1973).
 Parks, G. K., Physics of Space Plasmas. An Introduction, Westview Press, 2004.

Activities and teaching methods in support of learning 

Assessment practices and criteria 
Final grade is based on exercises (30%) and the final exam (70%) 
