The space environment from the Sun to the Earth's upper atmosphere and the practical consequences (space weather) of this environment on modern technologies and human health. Concepts in space plasma physics. Examples of observations and data utilized to illustrate the environment and its dynamic variability.
The near-earth space environment has profound effects on radio waves, electrical devices, power systems, satellites, space vehicles, as well as humans. As society becomes more dependent on technologies embedded in this environment, more physical understanding and predictive capabilities in terms of “space weather” will become crucial. This course provides an introduction to the basic physical science concepts of the sun-earth environmental system by describing the details of the electrodynamics and plasma physics in the region from the center of the sun to the ionized atmospheric regions of the earth. The impact of this environmental system on various technologies will be stressed.
An undergraduate background in electromagnetics equivalent to 3106 is required.
Percentage of Course
|Basic plasma physics: presented throughout the course as needed||10%|
|The Sun and Solar Wind||10%|
|The Earth’s Magnetic Field||10%|
|The Earth’s Magnetosphere||20%|
|Bow Shock and Magnetosheath|
|Inner Magnetosphere, Radiation Belts|
|The Earth’s Ionosphere||10%|
|Space Weather: Magnetic Storms and Substorms||6.|
|Technological Impact of Space Weather||7.|
|Power distribution systems||05%|
|Communications and navigation||05%|
|Impacts on Climate||05%|