Plasma physics 7.5 Credits

Second cycle, F7010R
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2018 Sp 4 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Huvudansvarig utbildningsledare SRT, Jonny Johansson 07 Feb 2011

Last revised
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 12 Jan 2018

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Space Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Space Technology

Entry requirements

M0029M Calculus, M0030M Linear Algebra and Calculus, M0031M Linear Algebra and Differential Equations, M0032M Functions of Several Variables and Computer Tools, M0018M Linear analysis and F0007T Electromagnetic field theory or corresponding knowledges.

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The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim

The student should be able to define and describe a plasma, to analyze charged particles moving in homogeneous and inhomogeneous electric and magnetic fields, to define the concept of adiabatic invariant, and to analyze waves in cold plasma.

Definition of plasma. Occurence of plasmas. Charged particle motion. Wave propagation in plasma. Classification of plasma. Plasma theories. Plasma instabilities.

Lectures, classroom teaching, home assignments and laboratory work.

Written exam and assignments. Alternative examination forms can occur. 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.


Advanced level. The course is a prerequisite for advanced study of plasma in space like in the course F7001R Space Plasma Physics.

Lars-Göran Westerberg

Literature. Valid from Spring 2012 Sp 4 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Francis F. Chen, Introduction to Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, 2nd edition, ISBN 1441932011

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

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0003Laboratory work1.5TG U G#

Study guidance
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