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
- Study Track in Astrophysical Sciences
The course is available to students from other degree programmes.
The course will be offered in the autumn term, in II period.
- You will obtain solid understanding of space physics, giving a good background in further studies and research in space plasma physics
- Knowledge of basic solar physics, e.g., the structure of the Sun, and how energy is generated and transferred
- You will obtain solid theoretical knowledge behind several key phenomena in space plasma physics, such as solar wind and interplanetary magnetic field, collisionless shocks, magnetospheric, and ionospheric physics
- You will obtain skills to analyse some key data sets related to course topics (such as magnetospheric physics behind the auroral displays)
- You will obtain solid physics-based understanding on how the solar structures affect the near-Earth dynamics, leading to space weather phenomena
Contact teaching, but can be also taken as a distance learning course.
- Basic physics courses
- Solid calculation skills (e.g., Mathematics for Physicists I-II, Mathematical Methods of Physics I-II)
- Good knowledge of electrodynamics (e.g., Electrodynamics I and II)
- Introduction to Plasma Physics
|Recommended optional studies
- Advanced Plasma Physics
- Solar Physics
- Numerical Space Physics
The course contains an introduction to most important topics in space plasma physics: the Sun, solar wind, formation of the magnetosphere, ionosphere, magnetospheric dynamics, solar wind/magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling, magnetospheres of other planets, and astrophysical plasmas.
|Study materials and literature
Other recommended material
- Hannu Koskinen: Johdatus plasmafysiikkaan ja sen avaruussovellutuksiin, Limes ry., 2001
- 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
- Russell, C.T., Luhmann, J.G., Strangeway, R.J., Space Physics: An Introduction, Cambridge University Press
|Activities and teaching methods in support of learning
- Weekly exercises (include plenty of practical exercises)
- Practical exercises during the lectures
- Student seminar
|Assessment practices and criteria
Final grade is based on exercises (~30%), seminar (20%), and the final exam (~50%).