Various phenomena occurring in outer regions of Earth's atmosphere, ionosphere, magnetosphere, and Van Allen radiation belts. Laboratory applications include plasma thrusters and fusion. Concepts include charged particles in magnetic fields, drift motion, plasma, magnetohydrodynamic waves. Includes advanced, research-oriented problems. Prerequisite: PHYS 321 or equivalent.
Course material will apply concepts developed at the Earth to other planets and moons in the solar system.
Student learning goals
Why studying space weather is important.
The origin of the aurora.
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
5-6 homework assignments, two exams and a final paper.