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Archived Curricula Guide 2016–2018
Curricula Guide is archieved. Please refer to current Curricula Guides
FFYS7056 Introduction to plasma physics 4 ECTS
Organised by
Person in charge
Rami Vainio
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2016–2017 X
2017–2018 X

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the student will have an overall view of charged particle dynamics in electromagnetic fields, behaviour of plasma as a fluid and basic elements of kinetic theory. The student will be able to solve simple problems in single-particle motion, magnetised fluid systems in equilibrium and wave propagation in plasmas. The student will be ready to apply the knowledge in plasma-physics problems of space physics and astrophysics.


Basic Electrodynamics; Defining properties of plasma; Single particle motion; Kinetic plasma description; macroscopic equations; Magnetohydrodynamics; Cold plasma waves; Warm plasma.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 28 h 0 h
Exercises 12 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

Calculation exercises and written examination.


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

4. year autumn

Study materials

Lecture notes (E. Kilpua, H. Koskinen, Introduction to Plasma Physics, 2015).

Belongs to following study modules

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Department of Physics and Astronomy
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