Space Physics II

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The course is a continuation of Space Physics I, and aims to give the student a more quantitative knowledge of space plasma phenomena and research methods.

Course goals

The goals of the course are that the student should be able to:

  • describe and explain basic processes in space plasma physics
  • use established theories to estimate quantitatively the behaviour of some of these processes
  • make simple analyses of various types of space physics data to compare with the quantitative theoretical predictions
  • describe some hot topics of today’s space physics research


The material covered includes:

  • shocks and boundaries in space
  • solar wind interaction with magnetized and unmagnetized bodies
  • reconnection
  • sources of magnetospheric plasma
  • magnetospheric and ionospheric convection
  • auroral physics
  • storms and substorms
  • global oscillations of the magnetosphere


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