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Before choosing course

This is a continuation course in plasma physics and provides a broader and more advanced knowledge of fundamental plasma physics as a basis for further studies. The course treats the variational analysis of magnetohydrodynamic equilibrium and stability. Also it gives an account of plasma kinetic theory (the Vlasov Equation) and electrostatic structures (sheath models).

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus EF2210 (Autumn 2007–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Reflection and transmission of magnetohydrodynamic waves. Magnetohydrodynamic equilibrium and stability theory: variational analysis, force-free magnetic fields, and normal mode analysis.

Kinetic plasma theory: phase space, the distribution function, the Vlasov equation, Liouvilles theorem, moment equations, the Boltzmann equation, the Fokker-Planck Equation, and stability theory.

Electrostatic structures: wall sheaths, double layers, and solitary waves.

Intended learning outcomes

The course should provide a deeper knowledge of the electric and magnetic properties of plasma, as well as familiarity with advanced methods and principles. It should also serve as a foundation for higher level studies within plasma physics and related fields.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites



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C-G Fälthammar, Plasmafysik, compendium (selected parts); M A Raadu, Plasma Physics Part II, compendium.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • TEN1 - Examination, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

One oral examination.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web EF2210

Offered by

EES/Space and Plasma Physics

Main field of study

Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

2A1145, 2A1151, 2A1160


Michael A. Raadu