FYS4600 – Space Physics and Technology
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.
Space physics and technology provides an overview of the plasma environment around the Earth, its dynamical processes, and describes how we can use satellites and sounding rockets to study phenomena and processes. The course introduces fundamental concepts like the solar wind, coupling of magnetic flux, the Dungey cycle, and explains the coupling between the Sun and the magnetosphere, the ionosphere, and the upper atmosphere. In addition, the course gives an insight into the interaction between plasmas and satellites/sounding rockets, and shed light on the challenges associated with measurements made on-board spacecrafts.
After having completed this course you will:
- Possess a theoretical background allowing you to describe basic plasma parameters, principles of plasma dynamics, and selected types of waves.
- Know the physical processes controlling the coupling between the solar wind and the Earth’s magnetosphere/ionosphere, as well as the global dynamics of the upper polar atmosphere.
- Be able to explain how space weather phenomena impact infrastructures on Earth and in Space, in particular for communication and navigation systems.
- Know how to analyze data from satellites and sounding rockets, and how to use coordinate transformation in this context.
- Have the knowledge necessary for advanced studies within space and plasma physics, including the use of ground-based and spacecraft data.
- Be able to give a summary of several relevant scientific articles.
Admission to the course
Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.
Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.
If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.
Recommended previous knowledge
- 10 credits overlap with FYS3600 – Space Physics and Technology.
- 6 credits overlap with FYS3610 – Space physics (discontinued).
The course is given over an entire semester with 6 hours of lecture per week (4 hours of lecture and 2 hours of exercises). The course comprises 10 compulsory assignments and a project assignment equivalent to one full week of work. You must also deliver a summary of several scientific articles chosen by the course coordinator.
In order to take the final oral examination, a minimum of 6 out of 10 mandatory assignments must be approved, and the summary of scientific articles must be approved by the course coordinator. Regulations for mandatory assignments can be found here.
In order to take the final oral examination, a minimum of 6 out of 10 mandatory assignments must be approved, and the summary of scientific articles must be approved by the course coordinator.
- A project assignment counts 30% of the final grade
- A final oral examination counts 70% of the final grade.
Both the project assignment and the final oral examination must be passed in order to get a final grade in the course.
It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: FYS3600 – Space Physics and Technology
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
Language of examination
You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more: