FYS4620 – An Introduction to Plasma Physics
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
The course covers basic principles on plasmas, waves in plasma, stability analysis of the equilibrium solutions of the equations. Examples are taken from the phenomena in the Earth’s ionosphere and magnetosphere.
After completing the course you will:
- understand and use the basic mathematical formalism needed for describing the dynamics of continuous media.
- have a very good knowledge on mathematical models for plasma and will be able to distinguish the dynamics of plasmas and neutral fluid media.
- have a very good knowledge on formulating and modifying the basic dynamic fluid equations to account for the dynamics of plasma media at different levels: from MHD to kinetic scales.
- be able to describe the propagation of waves in plasmas, and derive the dispersion relation for these waves.
- have basic knowledge on plasma instabilities and turbulence.
- be able to make a simplified model for the Earth´s magnetosphere, and obtain analytical expressions for some characteristic quantities.
Admission to the course
Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.
If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.
Recommended previous knowledge
- 10 credits overlap with FYS9620 – An Introduction to Plasma Physics.
The course extends over a full semester with 3-4 hours of teaching per week (lectures and colloquia).
An obligatory exercise needs to be submitted by the student.
The total amount of lectures is over 60 hours.
In case of a few students registered, the course might be given as a self-study with limited supervision, i.e., without ordinary lectrues.
Regulations for mandatory assignments can be found here.
The assessment includes an oral examination in the first half of the semester, a written assignment and the final oral examination. The assignment must be passed in order to qualify for the final exam. These three components individually, counts 20,15 and 65%, of the final grade.
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: FYS9620 – An Introduction to Plasma Physics
Language of examination
The examination text is given in Norwegian. If the course is taught in English, the examination text will only be given in English. You may answer 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: