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PHSI422 Upper Atmospheric and Space Physics

Upper atmospheric properties; solar interaction; ionosphere; plamsa dynamics including: single particle motion in a spatially varying magnetic field, collision effects; plasma waves: propagation and amplification, cyclotron wave modes.

Paper title Upper Atmospheric and Space Physics
Paper code PHSI422
Subject Physics
EFTS 0.0833
Points 10 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $628.08
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,573.97

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Limited to
BSc(Hons), PGDipSci, MSc
Contact
daniel.schumayer@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Danny Schumayer
Dr Annika Seppälä
Textbooks
Text books are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
After completing this paper students are expected to:
  1. Be able to derive equations for the hydrostatic support of the neutral atmosphere, including temperature and composition effects, giving rise to quantitative density changes with height
  2. Be able to derive equations for the hydrostatic support of the ionised plasma, including the resulting internal electric field, and the resulting forces on minor ions
  3. Use these equations to better understand observations and solve simple problems
  4. Understand the mechanisms involved in electron-neutral, ion-neutral and coulomb collisions and be able to do calculations for both the motion and equilibrium of charged particles and the attenuation of radio waves
  5. Have an understanding of the equations and mechanisms controlling the motion of charged particles in a spatially varying magnetic field
  6. Be able to derive and understand how to use the Appleton-Hartree equations for the propagation of radio waves in ionised planetary atmospheres in the presence of fixed magnetic fields
  7. Understand in a magneto-active plasma the concepts of wave normal, ray direction, phase velocity and group velocity and be able to solve simple related problems
  8. Have an understanding of the guiding of radio waves in the Earth's upper atmosphere, particularly in relation to guiding in whistler ducts
  9. Have an understanding of the electrical conductivity mechanisms in the Earth's lower ionosphere, including the magnetic fields, collisions and the governing equations

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

Upper atmospheric properties; solar interaction; ionosphere; plamsa dynamics including: single particle motion in a spatially varying magnetic field, collision effects; plasma waves: propagation and amplification, cyclotron wave modes.

Paper title Upper Atmospheric and Space Physics
Paper code PHSI422
Subject Physics
EFTS 0.0833
Points 10 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
BSc(Hons), PGDipSci, MSc
Contact
daniel.schumayer@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Danny Schumayer
Dr Annika Sepp?ñl?ñ
Textbooks
Text books are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
After completing this paper students are expected to:
  1. Be able to derive equations for the hydrostatic support of the neutral atmosphere, including temperature and composition effects, giving rise to quantitative density changes with height
  2. Be able to derive equations for the hydrostatic support of the ionised plasma, including the resulting internal electric field, and the resulting forces on minor ions
  3. Use these equations to better understand observations and solve simple problems
  4. Understand the mechanisms involved in electron-neutral, ion-neutral and coulomb collisions and be able to do calculations for both the motion and equilibrium of charged particles and the attenuation of radio waves
  5. Have an understanding of the equations and mechanisms controlling the motion of charged particles in a spatially varying magnetic field
  6. Be able to derive and understand how to use the Appleton-Hartree equations for the propagation of radio waves in ionised planetary atmospheres in the presence of fixed magnetic fields
  7. Understand in a magneto-active plasma the concepts of wave normal, ray direction, phase velocity and group velocity and be able to solve simple related problems
  8. Have an understanding of the guiding of radio waves in the Earth's upper atmosphere, particularly in relation to guiding in whistler ducts
  9. Have an understanding of the electrical conductivity mechanisms in the Earth's lower ionosphere, including the magnetic fields, collisions and the governing equations

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None