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Archived Curricula Guide 2013–2014
Curricula Guide is archieved. Please refer to current Curricula Guides
FFYS7005 Plasma Physics 5 ECTS
Organised by
Person in charge
Timo Laitinen
Preceding studies
Electromagnetism I & II, Statistical and Thermodynamics.

Learning outcomes

The student understands the basics of plasma physics: how the currents
and flows, represented by the free charge carriers, interact with the
electric and magnetic fields. The student and gains a basic
understanding of the hierarchy of the various description levels of the
plasma phenomena, and the rich variety of the waves in plasmas.


Basic concepts of plasmas. Charged particle motion. Plasma conductivity. Kinetic description. Macroscopic description. Magnetohydrodynamics. Cold plasma waves. Warm plasma phenomena

Further information on prerequisites and recommendations

Electricity and Magnetism I and II, Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics.

Teaching methods

Lectures, Calculation practice, short questions.

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Written exam
  • In Finnish
Written exam

Exercises, Written examination.


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

FM-degree 4. year (spring)
Planned periods of teaching: Period IV (v. 2010)

Study materials



Oppimateriaalit: Lecture notes (based on Koskinen, H., Johdatus plasmafysiikkaan ja sen avaruussovellutuksiin (sections 1-10), Limes ry, 2001), and, e.g.. Baumjohann&Treumann, Basic space plasma physics, Imperial College Press, 1997 or Boyd&Sanderson, Cambridge University Press, 2003. (contact the lecturer on the relevant sections on these books)

Belongs to following study modules

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Valinnaiset syventävät opintojaksot (Programme of Physical Sciences)
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Department of Physics and Astronomy
DP in Physical Sciences
Finnish Study Modules