phy4stp solar terrestrial physics



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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Topics of space plasma physics and Sun-Earth connection are considered. Plasma is a 4th state of matter and 99% of Universe consists of plasma, including near-Earth and outer space. Solar flares, aurora borealis, and magnetic storms are only a few examples of a manifestation of plasma processes. Thus it is essential for modern life to understand basic principles and laws which describe dynamics of plasma systems. Fundamental processes in plasma, based on particle and fluid description of plasmas, are considered. The covered topics include: reactions on the Sun, solar cycle, coronal holes and coronal mass ejections, formation and propagation of the solar wind, formation of the magnetosphere, plasma dynamics inside different magnetospheric regions, solar-wind magnetosphere coupling, magnetic storms and sub-storms, formation and properties of the ionosphere and propagation of radio waves through the ionosphere.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBrian Abbey

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Prerequisites Acceptance into an honours or masters program in the Department of Physics, or approval of Department of Physics postgraduate co-ordinator


Incompatible subjects PHY4HNA, PHY4HNB

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBasic Space Plasma PhysicsPrescribedW.Baumjohann and R.A. TreumannIMPERIAL COLLEGE PRESS, 2004
ReadingsIntroduction to Space PhysicsPrescribedM.G. Kivelson and C.T. Russell (Eds)CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS 1995

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