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.
Given every second year (odd years) in the spring term, IV period.
You will learn about the various simulation methods that are used in space physics, why they are used and how they are used, and what their strengths and weaknesses are.
You will learn hands-on what running a simulation entails and how the data can be analysed.
You will understand the principles behind the numerical methods of the simulations, in particular magnetohydrodynamics.
You will be able to study space physics problems using advanced numerical simulations.
- Exercises and final project. Exercises are mostly small programming tasks, derivations or literature reviews. The final project consists of a larger problem in which the student independently applies a simulation method to study a specific system.
- Focus on contact teaching, can also be taken as a distance learning course
|Recommended optional studies
The course consists of three thematic packages.
- To begin with, the role of simulation methods in space physics is reviewed in which the how, what and why of simulations are presented on a general level. More focused topics such as methods for visualisation and analysis of simulation data are also discussed.
- The second theme focuses on individual algorithms, in particular the numerical methods of hyperbolic conservation laws, magnetohydrodynamics, and PIC simulations.
- A major part of the course is the final hands-on project assignment in which the students individually apply a simulation method to study a particular problem in space physics.
|Study materials and literature
- Lecture notes
- Handout (on-line) supplementary material
- Basic textbooks on plasma physics
|Activities and teaching methods in support of learning
|Assessment practices and criteria
Final grade is based on exercises (20 %) and final project (80 %).