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Solar Physics 7.5 Credits

Solens fysik
Second cycle, F7006R
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2017 Sp 3 - 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

Entry requirements

Physics 2 (F0005T), Electromagnetic fieldtheory (F0007T), Functions of Several Variables and Computer Tools (M0032M) or similar qualifications.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim

The aim of the course is to give a basic knowledge of solar physics and deeper knowledge in certain areas including a glimpse of current research in the field.

The students shall be able to describe the general structure and the sun and the physical principles behind this. The students should gain knowledge on the different types of activity of the sun, related time scales and connections inbetween. This is shown by the ability to describe and discuss different processes related to the activities.

The students shall be able to describe different ways to observe the sun and consider the differences for various observables

The students shall be aware of the differences between observations and facts deduced from theoretic assumptions and models.

The Sun and its activity. The basics of solar physics. The quiet Sun, its interior and atmosphere. The active Sun, helioseismology, explosions on the Sun, active regions. The solar cycle. The hot corona and the solar wind. The heliosphere. Highlights in modern solar research.


The course consists of classical lectures. In parallel the students will work on a project within the field of Solar physics. Depending on the circumstances, a different realization of the course can be required. Guest teachers from research groups.


Written or oral exam, approved report and presentation of the project. In order to pass the course it is required that all examinations and obligatory tasks are completely satisfactory.
The final grade given for the course reflects the results obtained in the various components of the course. There can be alternativ examination method.

Mathias Milz

Transition terms
The course F7006R is equal to RYM025

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2011 Sp 2 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Michael Stix,
The Sun
2nd Edition,
ISBN 978-3-540-207410-2

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

0005Project work3.0U G#
0006Written or oral exam4.5G U 3 4 5

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
by Dept of Space Science 28 Feb 2007

Last revised
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 15 Jun 2016