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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. 

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

Target group

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Part of programme

Master's Programme, Electromagnetics, Fusion and Space Engineering, åk 2, PLA, Mandatory


P2 (7.5 hp)


28 Oct 2024
13 Jan 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Places are not limited

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students


Svetlana Ratynskaia


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Course coordinator

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus EF2215 (Autumn 2024–) 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 passing the course, the student should be able to

  • account for basic equations and explain the physical principles behind them
  • make short derivations and account for the principles behind longer derivations
  • give physical interpretation of the results of derivations.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Knowledge in plasma physics equivalent to completed course EF2200.

Active participation in a course offering where the final examination is not yet reported in Ladok is considered equivalent to completion of the course.
Registering for a course is counted as active participation.
The term 'final examination' encompasses both the regular examination and the first re-examination.

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


  • INL1 - Hand-in assignments, 4.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TENA - Oral exam, 3.5 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.

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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

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

Transitional regulations

The former module TEN1 has been replaced by both INL1 and TENA.

Supplementary information

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