FYS9620 - An introduction to plasma physics

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Course content

Basic principles of waves in plasma. Stability analysis of the equilibrium solutions of the equations. Nonlinear wave-forms for weakly as well as strongly dispersive waves. Examples are taken from phenomena in the ionosphere and magnetosphere.

Learning outcome

To get a profound understanding of theoretical plasma physics at a master and Ph.D. level.


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.


Recommended previous knowledge

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap against FYS360.

10 credits with FYS4620 - An introduction to plasma physics


The course extends over a full semester with 3-4 hours of teaching per week (lectures and colloquia).


Final oral exam.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

If the course is offered, a minimum of four students is required for ordinary lectures to take place. If less than four students participate, an exam will be given, but one should not expect ordinary teaching.


Every autumn

Exam will be arranged when the course is given.

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)