Undergraduate course

Experimental Methods in Space Physics

Objectives and Content

The objective of this course is to give an overview of some important experimental methods and instruments in space physics, such as instrument carriers, satellite orbits, radiation detectors, measurement of magnetic fields, radio wave experiments, and optical observations. A field excursion to Andøya Rocket Range or Spitsbergen is an integrated part of the course. The course provides a background for master students working on instrumentation or interpretation of measurements within space physics.

This course has a very low capacity. Master students in space physics will be prioritized.

Learning Outcomes

 After completing this course the students should be able to

  • Explain the basic physical principles used to measure magnetic fields, light, X-rays and charged particles in space physics experiments
  • Explain some radio wave experiments used in the exploration of the Earth¿s ionosphere
  • Collect and systemize real-time measurements from relevant spacecrafts and ground based observatories during an auroral event
  • Give a preliminary interpretation of the collected measurements
  • Summarize the findings in a written report

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Semester thesis and one oral exam

    Withdrawal deadline