14.8.2017 at 09:00 - 20.10.2017 at 23:59
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Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Wed 6.9.2017
10:15 - 12:00
Thu 7.9.2017
10:15 - 12:00
Wed 13.9.2017
10:15 - 12:00
Thu 14.9.2017
10:15 - 12:00
Wed 20.9.2017
10:15 - 12:00
Thu 21.9.2017
10:15 - 12:00
Wed 27.9.2017
10:15 - 12:00
Thu 28.9.2017
10:15 - 12:00
Wed 4.10.2017
10:15 - 12:00
Thu 5.10.2017
10:15 - 12:00
Wed 11.10.2017
10:15 - 12:00
Thu 12.10.2017
10:15 - 12:00
Wed 18.10.2017
10:15 - 12:00
Thu 19.10.2017
10:15 - 12:00
Mon 23.10.2017
09:15 - 13:00

Other teaching

11.09. - 16.10.2017 Mon 12.15-14.00
Erika Palmerio
Teaching language: English


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
    Compulsory for:
    1. Study Track in Astrophysical Sciences

The course is available to students from other degree programmes.

  • Basic physics courses
  • Solid calculation skills (e.g., Mathematics for Physicists I-II, Mathematical Methods of Physics I-II)
  • Good knowledge on electrodynamics (e.g., Electrodynamics I and II)
  • Space Applications of Plasma Physics
  • Advanced Plasma Physics
  • Solar Physics
  • Numerical Space Physics
  • You will obtain solid knowledge of basic concepts and phenomena of plasma physics, useful for further studies concerning laboratory, fusion, space and astrophysical plasmas.
  • You will obtain skills to analytically solve basic problems related to plasma physics, such as particle drifts in simple magnetic field and electric field configurations
  • You will obtain skills to derive various basic plasma equations starting from basic set of fluid and Maxwell equations
  • You will obtain solid conceptual understanding and theory behind several key basic plasma phenomena, such as magnetic reconnection, magnetohydrodynamic stability and plasma instabilities.
  • You will obtain a good understanding of different approaches in plasma physics (single particle, kinetic and fluid)

The course will be offered in the autumn term, in period I.

After a brief introduction and a short review of electrodynamics needed in plasma physics, the following topics are discussed: motion of charged particles in electromagnetic fields, collisions and plasma conductivity, kinetic plasma description, macroscopic plasma quantities and equations, magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), magnetic reconnection, MHD waves, cold plasma waves, warm plasma, plasma physics and fusion research.

  • Introduction to Plasma Physics Pdf Book

Other recommended material

  • Hannu Koskinen: Johdatus plasmafysiikkaan ja sen avaruussovellutuksiin, Limes ry., 2001
  • Baumjohann, W., Treumann, R., Basic Space Plasma Physics, Imperial College Press, 1996.
  • Boyd, T. J. M., and Sanderson, J. J., The Physics of Plasmas, Cambridge University Press, 2003.
  • Kivelson, M. G., and Russell (eds.), C. T., Introduction to Space Physics, Cambridge University Press, 1995.
  • Koskinen, H. E. J., Physics of Space Storms, Springer/PRAXIS, 2011.
  • Krall, N. A., and Trivelpiece, A. W. , Principles of Plasma Physics, San Francisco Press, 1986 (a reproduction of the original text published by McGraw-Hill, 1973).
  • Parks, G. K., Physics of Space Plasmas. An Introduction, Westview Press, 2004.
  • Lectures
  • Weekly exercises

Final grade is based on exercises (30%) and the final exam (70%)

Contact teaching, but can be also taken as a distance learning course