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PHYS 251 Near Earth Space
Points: 10
Teaching Language: Norwegian/English
Prerequisites: PHYS 112, PHYS 113,
PHYS 115
Semester: Spring
Exam: Oral

The course gives an introduction to the physical processes and conditions in near-Earth space that influence on space weather: The structure of the sun, solar activity and solar radiation, the solar wind, the Earth's atmosphere and its composition, the ionosphere and its influence on radio wave propagation, the geomagnetic field, motion of charged paricles in the Earth's magnetosphere, particle precipitation, aurora and cosmic rays. Some examples on the influence of the geomagnetic field on the conditions in near-Earth space (and vice versa) will be given.a

The objectives of the course is to give a general introduction to space physics, a field that has emerged the last 40 years. The course is of general interest for students in physics and related fields and is fundamental for further studies in space physics.

PHYS 252 Experimental Methods In Space Physics
Points: 10
Teaching Language: Norwegian/English
Prerequisites: PHYS 251
Semester: Fall
Exam: Approved final project, oral final

Experimental methods applied in space physics: Instrument carriers, satellite mechanics, radiation detectors, measurement of electric and magnetic fields, radio methods, optical measurements, data transfer and telemetry. Excursion to Andøya rocket range or to Spitsbergen.

The objective of the course is to give an introduction to instruments and techniques used in experimental magnetospheric/ionospheric physics. The course is essential for student working on space instrumentation or analysis of measurements in space physics.

PHYS 352 Selected topics in ionospheric physics
Points: 10
Teaching Language: Norwegian/English
Prerequisites: PHYS 251 PHYS 205
Exam: Oral

Relevant topics are: The interaction between auroral particles and the upper atmosphere, X-rays, aurora, ionization, the electrodynamics of the ionosphere, irregularities in the ionosphere, propagation and scattering of radio waves, interactions between the magnetosphere, ionosphere and the neutral atmosphere.

The objective of the course is to give a thorough description of the nature of electric currents and particles connecting the magnetosphere and the ionosphere, and how these phenomena modify the physics and chemistry of the upper atmosphere. The detailed contents of the course will be tailored to the needs of the students attending the course.

AGF 345 Polar magnetospheric substorms
Points: 10
Teaching Language: English
Prerequisites: PHYS 251
Semester:Fall (5 weeks)
Exam: Project report + Oral

AGF-345 is an intensive course at UNIS. It can be taken in combination with PHYS 252, and runs for 5-weeks in the period October-November, see:
  • AGF-345 course description at UNIS.

    AGF 301 The Upper Polar Atmosphere
    AGF 304 Radar diagnostics of Space Plasma
    Points: 15 + 15
    Teaching Language: English
    Prerequisites: PHYS 112, PHYS 113, PHYS 115 (and PHYS 205 is recommended)
    Exam: Written exam, oral exam, project reports

    AGF-301 and AGF-304 are courses in space physics at UNIS, which offers the opportunity of staying 5 months (early January to late May) in Longyearbyen. AGF-301 can be taken as an alternative to PHYS 251. AGF-304 gives a background in radar techniques that are used to monitor the polar atmosphere. Sentral elements of these courses are hands on fieldwork at the auroral observatory KHO and the EISCAT Svalbard Radar in Longyearbyen, where students will run their own experiments to study the aurora, see:
  • AGF-301 course description at UNIS
  • AGF-304 course description at UNIS.

    * In addition to regular courses, special curriculum is sometimes offered as an additional way of obtaining extra credits

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