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|
|Teaching period||Second Semester|
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|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$2,676.93|
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- BSc(Hons), PGDipSci, MSc
- Teaching staff
- Course co-ordinator: Dr Annika Seppälä
- Text books are not required for this paper.
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- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship,
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- Learning Outcomes
- The overall goal of this paper is to provide each student with a solid understanding
of the principles of the Sun-Earth system and how different parts of this highly dynamic
system are connected via physics.
By the end of the paper you are expected to have gained understanding of the following:
- Principles of plasma physics as applied to space physics
- Properties of space plasmas, including quasi neutrality
- Mechanisms and equations controlling the motion of particles in a non-uniform magnetic field
- Electrical conductivity and current systems in the Earth's ionosphere
- Structure of the neutral atmosphere
- Derivation of hydrostatic equations for the neutral atmosphere
- Familiarity of various observation techniques used to monitor solar activity, geospace and the atmosphere
- How to use observations and geospace simulations to track propagation and impact of solar storms throughout the Sun-Earth system