Postgraduate course

Selected Topics in Ionospheric Physics

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codePHYS352
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish if English-speaking students attend the seminars, otherwise Norwegian
  • Resources

Semester of Instruction

Irregular, every 3-4 semester (if enough students enroll).

Objectives and Content

The course builds upon the very brief introduction to ionospheric physics that was offered in the course PHYS251. A very thorough description is given into how electric currents and particles couple the magnetosphere and the ionosphere, and how it affects the physics and chemistry of the upper atmosphere. Key topics are interaction between auroral particles and the upper atmosphere, X-ray emissions, auroral emissions, ionization, ionospheric electrodynamics, plasma irregularities, propagation and scattering of radio waves, interactions between the magnetosphere, ionosphere, and neutral atmosphere. To some degree the curriculum is tailored to match the needs of students following the course.

Learning Outcomes

After having completed PHYS352, a student shall be able to:

  • Describe the most important plasma parameters controlling the flow of electrical currents in the ionosphere
  • Explain the structure and electrodynamics of the equatorial ionosphere
  • Describe the main electrodynamic features in the high latitude ionosphere
  • Describe some key structures and instabilities in the high latitude ionosphere
  • Use basic principles and concepts to solve relevant exercises in ionospheric physics

Required Previous Knowledge

Basic knowledge of minimum 60 ECTS in physics + Course corresponding to PHYS205 Electromagnetism. PHYS251 Near Earth Space or equivalent.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

PHYS 205 and PHYS 251

Forms of Assessment

Oral exam

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: Oral examination

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