EF3205 Plasma Diagnostics 8.0 credits


The purpose of this course is to make the student familiar with plasma diagnostics with particular emphasis on the students’ own field of study. The course is mainly intended for experimental research projects in the space and applied plasma physics areas.

  • Education cycle

    Third cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    P, F

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

Intended learning outcomes

After completed course the students should have knowledge of the most common diagnostic techniques in laboratory and/or space plasmas.

Course main content

Magnetic diagnostics. Langmuir probes and other techniques for measurements of plasma particle flux. Measurements of plasma refractive index. Electromagnetic emission by free electrons. Electromagnetic radiation from bound electrons. Scattering of electromagnetic radiation. Measurements of ion processes.


Self study under guidance by thesis advisor.



Principles of Plasma Diagnostics,

Ian. H. Hutchinson, Cambridge University Press, 1987, and (optional) selected journal papers


  • EXA1 - Examination, 8.0, grading scale: P, F

Requirements for final grade

Final oral exam.

Offered by

EECS/Space and Plasma Physics


Mykola Ivchenko (nickolay@kth.se)


Mykola Ivchenko <nickolay@kth.se>


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2012.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2019.