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PAP321 Solar Physics, 5 cr 
Code PAP321  Validity 01.01.2017 -
Name Solar Physics  Abbreviation Solar Physics 
Scope5 cr   
TypeAdvanced studies
  GradingGeneral scale 
    Can be taken more than onceno
Unit Master's Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences 

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
    Optional for:
    1. Study Track in Astrophysical Sciences

The course is available to students from other degree programmes.


The course will be offered in every other year in the spring term, III period.

Learning outcomes 
  • You will learn about the history of formation of the Sun and its future evolution
  • You will understand the processes of energy production and transfer in the Sun, structure of solar atmosphere, corona and solar wind, generation and evolution of solar magnetic fields, physics behind solar cycle, solar seismology and solar storms
  • You will learn about current and past solar space missions as well ground observatories and will apply your knowledge to study various aspects of the Sun using real data
Completion methods 
  • Exercises, which will offer both theoretical calculation tasks and solar observational studies
  • During the last lecture the students will be required to present a talk on one of the selected solar-related topics
  • Final exam, which will mostly require conceptual knowledge of solar physics

Calculus, linear algebra, knowldge of mechanics and electromagnetism

Recommended optional studies 
  • Space plasma physics
  • Numerical space physics
  • Formation of the Sun and the solar system, future evolution of the Sun
  • Standard solar model
  • Solar atmosphere
  • Solar oscillations and helioseismology
  • Convection
  • Solar rotation
  • Solar dynamo and solar cycle
  • Chromosphere and solar corona
  • Solar wind
  • Solar storms and eruptions
Study materials and literature 
  • Lecture notes
  • Stix, M. The Sun - An Introduction. 1st ed. Springer, 1989; 2nd ed. Springer 2002

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