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Photochemistry of Earth and Planetary Atmospheres 7.5 credits

Fotokemi för jordens och planeters atmosfärer
Second cycle, F7016R
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2020 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

Basic physics corresponding to 22.5 credits, for example F0004T - Physics 1, F0005T - Physics 2, F0006T Physics3, and knowledge in atmospheric physics corresponding to F7004R - Atmospheric Physics. Basic Programming skills (e.g. D0017E - Introduction to programming for engineers), Functions of Several Variables and Computer Tools (M0032M)), Basic knowledge of chemistry, e.g. K0016K - Chemical principles is of advantage. Good knowledge in English equivalent to English 6. More information about the English language requirements [].

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim

  After completion of the course, the students should be able to:

  • Formulate the basic principles driving the Chemical Composition of Planetary Atmospheres
  • Describe and explain the principal photochemical cycles that control the present composition of planetary atmospheres
  • Describe the impact of Solar Radiation and Other Energy Sources in planetary atmospheres
  • Evaluate the Stability of Planetary Atmospheres against Escape
  • Explain the kinetics reactions in planetary atmospheres
  • Understand the impact of humans in atmospheric changes
  • Apply and understand basic atmospheric photochemical models, and interpret the

  • Composition of Planetary Atmospheres
  • Stability of Planetary Atmospheres against Escape
  • Solar Radiation and Other Energy Sources
  • Interaction Between Solar Radiation and the Atmosphere
  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Atmospheres of Terrestrial Planets and Satellites
  • Atmospheres of Gian planets
  • Exoplanets
  • Life and the atmosphere 


The course consists of classical lectures, combined with homework problems for the students. Solutions of the homework problems are discussed in tutorial classes; peer teaching is used. Alternative ways of teaching (e.g., reading course) can be applied, when number of enrolled students is <5. 


The course grade will be determined by a written or an oral exam at the end of the course. Additionally, the student’s homework assignments and the written and oral presentation of their course project will be evaluated. There can be alternative examination methods, if appropriate. The final grade considers all parts of the examination and will be decided when all obligatory elements are fulfilled. 

Javier Martin-Torres

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2020 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
William B. DeMore, Yuk L. Yung,
"Photochemistry of Planetary Atmospheres",
Oxford University Press,
ISBN: 9780195105018

Imke de Pater and Jack J Lissauer,
"Planetary Sciences",
Cambridge University Press,
ISBN 0 521 48219 4

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

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Written or oral examG U 3 4 55.00MandatoryA20
0002Homework assignmentsU G#1.50MandatoryA20
0003Project workU G#1.00MandatoryA20

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 Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 21 Feb 2020

Last revised
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 21 Feb 2020