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The course has changed from physical lectures to video lectures. See the moodle page for details.

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Published, 28.3.2020 at 2:47

Due to the coronavirus situation, the course no longer requires phyiscal presence. Lectures are made available as videos through the moodle page and exercise groups are held via zoom.

Timetable

Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

DateTimeLocation
Mon 13.1.2020
10:15 - 12:00
Tue 14.1.2020
14:15 - 16:00
Mon 20.1.2020
10:15 - 12:00
Tue 21.1.2020
14:15 - 16:00
Mon 27.1.2020
10:15 - 12:00
Tue 28.1.2020
14:15 - 16:00
Mon 3.2.2020
10:15 - 12:00
Tue 4.2.2020
14:15 - 16:00
Mon 10.2.2020
10:15 - 12:00
Tue 11.2.2020
14:15 - 16:00
Mon 17.2.2020
10:15 - 12:00
Tue 18.2.2020
14:15 - 16:00
Mon 24.2.2020
10:15 - 12:00
Tue 25.2.2020
14:15 - 16:00
Mon 9.3.2020
10:15 - 12:00
Tue 10.3.2020
14:15 - 16:00
Mon 16.3.2020
10:15 - 12:00
Tue 17.3.2020
14:15 - 16:00
Mon 23.3.2020
10:15 - 12:00
Tue 24.3.2020
14:15 - 16:00
Mon 30.3.2020
10:15 - 12:00
Tue 31.3.2020
14:15 - 16:00
Mon 6.4.2020
10:15 - 12:00
Tue 7.4.2020
14:15 - 16:00
Mon 20.4.2020
10:15 - 12:00
Tue 21.4.2020
14:15 - 16:00
Mon 27.4.2020
10:15 - 12:00
Tue 28.4.2020
14:15 - 16:00

Other teaching

15.01. - 26.02.2020 Wed 12.15-14.00
11.03. - 08.04.2020 Wed 12.15-14.00
22.04. - 29.04.2020 Wed 12.15-14.00
Teaching language: English

Description

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
    Optional for:
    1. Study Track in Astrophysical Sciences

The course is available to students from other degree programmes.

  • Good knowledge of electrodynamics (e.g., Electrodynamics I and II), thermodynamics/statistical physics and readiness to use standard mathematical methods of physics (e.g., Mathematical Methods of Physics I-II)
  • Plasma Physics, or knowledge of similar level on plasma phyiscs
  • Solar Physics
  • Numerical Space Physics
  • You will obtain in-depth understanding of several space plasma physical phenomena giving a good background for research work in space physics or other related fields
  • You will obtain skills to solve analytically many theoretically demanding problems, for examples solving of the dispersion equation and Landau damping from the Vlasov theory, charged particle drift speeds in time and spatially varying electromagnetic fields and in current sheets, conditions and growth rates of several plasma instabilities, and solving shocks/instabilities from Rankine-Hugoniot equations
  • You will obtain deep conceptual understanding and knowledge of theory behind several key space plasma physical phenomena, such magnetic reconnection, force-free fields, flux ropes, magnetic helicity, shock acceleration of charged particles, solar dynamo, scattering and transport.

The course will be offered in the spring term, in III and IV periods.

These lectures are intended to advanced undergraduate and post-graduate students interested in space physics, plasma physics, applications of electrodynamics, statistical physics, hydrodynamics, etc. The course starts with plasma fundamentals, reviewing the basic concepts and looks more in depth to plasma distribution functions. The other topics include

  • A detailed description of charged particle motion in electromagnetic fields, including time and spatially varying fields, including adiabatic invariants, motion in current sheets, and galactic cosmic rays will be covered.
  • The wave propagation in dielectric media, the main focus being on propagation through the layered ionosphere, but cold plasma wave theory will be briefly revised.
  • A detailed coverage of the Vlasov theory and Landau damping
  • A brief revision of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) theory, the main focus will be put on subjects like force-free fields, flux ropes in space plasmas and magnetic helicity.
  • Plasma Instabilities (micro- and macroinstabilities)
  • Theory of collisionless shocks waves, dissipation of shocks, shock acceleration and solar energetic particles
  • Magnetic reconnection (both theory and observations in space plasmas)
  • Basics of solar dynamo
  • Radiation and scattering (e.g., Bremsstrahlung, cyclotron and synchrotron)
  • Transport (Fokker-Planck theory)
  • Lecture notes

Other recommended material

  • Koskinen, H. E. J., Physics of Space Storms, Springer/PRAXIS, 2011
  • Baumjohann, W., Treumann, R., Basic Space Plasma Physics, Imperial College Press, 1996.
  • Kivelson, M. G., and Russell (eds.), C. T., Introduction to Space Physics, Cambridge University Press, 1995.
  • Russell, C.T., Luhmann, J.G., Strangeway, R.J., Space Physics: An Introduction, Cambridge University Press
  • Treumann, R., and Baumjohann, W. Advanced Space Plasma Physics, Imperial College Press, 1997.
  • lectures
  • Weekly exercises. Weekly exercises include also reading of scientific articles related to the course themes (+ answering questions/making summaries based on them)
  • Possible seminar

Final grade is based on exercises (40%) and final exam (60%).

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