University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Phys 4611.001

Introduction to Space Physics

Session: Fall 2015 (9/08-12/16)
Instructor: John Wygant (e-mail: wygan001 @
Time: 0900 TTh
Location: Physics & Nanotechnology 110

Dynamics of charged particles/plasmas in space. Physics of the Sun and solar wind. Solar/galactic cosmic rays. Interactions of solar wind with planetary magnetospheres. Dynamics of Magnetosphere. Formation of the aurora. Physics of radiation belts.

prereq: [4001, 4002] or equiv or instr consent

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