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EF2245 Space Physics II 7.5 credits

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.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus EF2245 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

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

Intended learning outcomes

After the course 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

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

EF2240 Space Physics or EF2200 Plasma Physics or equivalent.

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

Recommended prerequisites

EF2240 Space Physics or EF2200 Plasma Physics or equivalent.

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


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Kivelson and Russel, Introduction to Space Physics.

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

Written 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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Course web EF2245

Offered by

EECS/Electrical Engineering

Main field of study

Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Physics

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

Graduate level courses in space plasma physics

EF2215 Plasma physics II


Tomas Karlsson

Supplementary information

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