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EF2215 Plasma Physics II 7.5 credits

The purpose of the course is to familiarize the students with the tools used in theoretical plasma physics. The course builds upon the foundation of the introductory plasma physics course. Subjects of fundamental importance are considered, such as kinetic theory, fluctuations and wave scattering in plasmas

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus EF2215 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Klimontovich approach, spectral densities of fluctuations, kinetic Boltzmann equation and collision integrals, Fokker-Planck equation.

Wave particle interactions. Collision-free absorption mechanisms.

Scattering and transformation of transverse and longitudinal waves in plasmas. Radiation scattering as a noninvasive plasma diagnostic.

Intended learning outcomes

After completed course, the students should able to

  • reproduce basic equations (as detailed in the syllabus) and explain the physical principles behind them
  • show command of short derivations and show understanding of principles behind longer derivations
  • give physical interpretation of the results of derivations

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

EF2200 Plasma physics or equivalent

For single course students: documented proficiency in English B or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

Basic courses in electromagnetic field theory.

EF2200 Plasma physics or equivalent


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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, 7.5 credits, grading scale: 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

Oral examination, hand-in assignments.

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

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Offered by

Main field of study

Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Physics

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

Graduate level courses in plasma physics.

EF2245 Space Physics II


Svetlana Ratynskaia

Supplementary information

In this course, the EECS code of honor applies, see: