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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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Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus EF2245 (Autumn 2024–) 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 passing 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 of today's current problems in the field of space physics

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Knowledge in plasma physics, 6 credits, equivalent to completed course  EF2200/EF2240.

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

EF2240 Space Physics or EF2200 Plasma Physics or equivalent.

For single course students: documented proficiency in English B 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


  • INLA - Hand-in assignments, 2.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TENA - Written exam, 5.0 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 space plasma physics

EF2215 Plasma physics II


Tomas Karlsson

Transitional regulations

The former module TEN1 is replaced by both TENA and INLA.

Supplementary information

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