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Space Plasma Physics 7.5 credits

Second cycle, F7001R
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Space and Atmospeheric Science
Subject group (SCB)
Space Technology
Main field of study
Space Technology

Entry requirements

Knowledge in the area of plasma physics, for example F7010R Plasma physics, or Space physics for example R7017R Space Physics or equivalent. Good knowledge in English equivalent to English 6.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
The course shall introduce to specific aspects in plasmaphysics related to the Solar system and space environment. 
After finishing the course, the students shall be able to demonstrate basic knowledge about plasma in the solar system and how the plasma environment in the Sun and the Solar system interacts with the various electro-magnetic fields in the Solar system and around the planets. This is shown by the ability to describe interactions between plasma and magnetic fields of the Earth and planets. The students shall be able to describe related processes, e.g. formation and properties of aurora. 
The students shall be able to calculate and estimate the magnitude of typical plasma related processes in the Solar system. After the project work, the student shall be able to show their utilization of the course contents for judgement and/or analysis of space physical phenomena, critically select and evaluate relevant scientific and technical information within the subject via literature survey/studies of scientific papers, and demonstrate social skills needed to effectively work in a group during the project work. 

  The space plasma physics of the ionosphere, magnetosphere, the sun and the solar wind, the interactions between them, and the results of these interactions such as the Aurora is at the focus. Collisionless shocks, plasma instabilities, the magnetohydrodynamics of the Sun, solar wind interactions with magnetised and non-magnetised planets, magnetospheric physics of the planets in our solar system, auroral physics, magnetospheric storms and substorms. 

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
  Lectures and project. Depending on the circumstances, a different realization of the course can be required. 
Parts of the lectures may be implemented using hybrid/blended education methods (online, videos, etc).

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
Written exam, assignments and project work. The project work is examined through a report. To pass the course, all modules of the course shall be passed.

Soheil Sadeghi

Transition terms
The course F7001R is equal to RYM009

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2020 Sp 2
Kivelson and Russell: Introduction to Space Physics. Cambridge University Press
ISBN 0-521-45714-9

Russell, Luhmann och Strangeways: Space Physics - An introduction
ISBN: 9781107098824

Carl-Gunne Fälthammar, Space Physics, KTH, Second edition, 2001.

Complementary material distributed during the course

Course offered by
Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0007Assignments and projectU G#2.50MandatoryA21
0008Written examG U 3 4 55.00MandatoryA21

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
The course plan was accepted by the Dept of Space Science 2007-02-28 and remains valid as from H07.

Last revised
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 16 Feb 2021