EF2215 Plasma Physics II 7.5 credits

Plasmafysik II

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

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Electrical Engineering
    Engineering Physics
  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Autumn 18 for programme students

Autumn 18 Doktorand for single courses students

  • Periods

    Autumn 18 P1 (7.5 credits)

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  • Number of places *

    Max. 1

    *) If there are more applicants than number of places selection will be made.

  • Course responsible

    Svetlana Ratynskaya

  • Target group

    For doctoral students at KTH

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 main content

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.


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


Meddelas vid kursstart.


  • TEN1 - Examination, 7.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

Oral examination, hand-in assignments.

Offered by

EECS/Electrical Energy Engineering


Svetlana Ratynskaia


Svetlana Ratynskaia <svetlana.ratynskaia@ee.kth.se>

Add-on studies

Graduate level courses in plasma physics.

EF2245 Space Physics II


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2019.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2019.