Uusi opinto-opas (sisältäen myös opetusohjelmat) lukuvuodelle 2018-2019 sijaitsee osoitteessa https://opas.peppi.utu.fi . Tältä sivustolta löytyvät enää vanhat opinto-oppaat ja opetusohjelmat.

The new study guide (incl. teaching schedules) for academic year 2018-2019 can be found at https://studyguide.utu.fi. This site contains only previous years' guides.

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Archived Curricula Guide 2016–2018
Curricula Guide is archieved. Please refer to current Curricula Guides
FFYS7058 Plasma astrophysics 8 ECTS
Organised by
Person in charge
Rami Vainio
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2017–2018 X X
Preceding studies

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the student will be able to apply plasma physics in several astrophysical scenarios. The student will obtain further understanding and quantitative analysis skills on topics introduced on Introduction to plasma physics, in particular in kinetic plasma physics. In addition, the student will have an understanding of astrophysical collisionless shocks and magnetic reconnection, particle transport and acceleration in astrophysical plasmas, (weak) plasma turbulence and the plasma emission mechanism, as well as numerical methods to study them.


kinetic description of plasmas; collisionless shocks and reconnection; energetic particle transport (quasilinear theory); particle acceleration mechanisms; weak plasma turbulence and plasma emission mechanisms.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 38 h 0 h
Independent work
Exercises 18 h 0 h


Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Written exam
  • In English
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
  • In English

Calculation exercises, simulation exercise, and written examination.


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

4. year spring
5. year spring

Periods II-III of 4th or 5th year of studies.
MSc-degree, year 1 or 2.

Study materials

Lecture notes.

Belongs to following study modules

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Department of Physics and Astronomy
DP in Physical Sciences
DP in Physics Education Track
DP in Physical Sciences
DP in Theoretical Physics
Finnish Study Modules