University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Phys 4611.001

Introduction to Space Physics

Research project presentations / papers
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Lecture notes
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Office hours
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Office hours for 4611 this semester are Mondays 2:30-3:20 pm in Tate 262 (instructor's office). If you have an ongoing conflict with that time and would like to set up another time to meet please email me to arrange it.

Notices of cancellations and changes: Monday, OCTOBER 2, there will be no office hour due to a medical appointment. If you would like to talk to me this week, please send me an email to arrange another time (probably Friday).

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Note that homework "3.5," the annotated bibliography, has officially been pushed back to a due date of Monday, Nov 13.

* The final schedule for the end-of-semester research project is posted. If you need an extension on any of the project deadlines, please let me know in advance.*

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modified 15-Nov-2017 at 9:20PM by Lindsay Glesener

* UCLA particle drift simulator:
* Goddard drift visualizations:
* Parker Solar Probe website:
* Article by Dr. Aaron Brenneman on Whistler waves and electron acceleration / loss in the radiation belts:

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Solar_Probe_Will_Approach_Sun_Closer_Than_Any_Prior_Spacecraft_-_Eos_1.pdf | Download posted 9-Oct-2017 at 6:08PM
Sagdeev&Kennel_shocks_scientificamerican0491-106.pdf | Download posted 9-Oct-2017 at 6:08PM
zirker_pt.pdf | Download posted 2-Oct-2017 at 11:15AM
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Chen_Ch4.pdf | Download posted 17-Sep-2017 at 12:18AM

Reading assignments
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Sept 8:

  1. "The Loyal Engineers Steering NASA’s Voyager Probes Across the Universe," by Kim Tingley, NY Times:
  • * Discussion questions:
  • 1. How is the heiosphere defined and what is its shape?
  • 2. What scientific instruments do the Voyager have? What does each do, in a sentence or two each?
  • 3. What are a few of Voyager's accomplishments?
  1. Kallenrode Chapter 1

Sept 11, Mon: 2.1 & 2.2
Sept 13, Wed: 2.3 DRIFT day -- See additional assignment below.
Sept 15, Fri: 2.4.1-2.4.2
Sept 18, Mon: 3.1, 3.2
Sept 20, Wed: Instructor away; class time for homework and group work. Prep for Friday (WAVES)
Sept 22, Fri: 4.1-4.3 WAVES presentations. See also Chen chapter 4 (posted) as an additional reference if desired.
Sept 25, Mon: 6.1
Sept 27, Wed: 3.5 and "Solar Magnetic Reconnection Seen in Detail" by Johanna Miller in Physics Today (See Resources).

  • Come prepared to discuss the article, especially the question: What evidence is there for reconnection in solar flares?

Sept 29, Fri: 6.7 and "Solar Eruptive Events" by Gordon Holman in Physics Today (See Resources).
Oct 2, Mon: No new reading assignment.
Oct 4, Wed: 3.6 and 6.6.2
Oct 6, Fri: 6.2.3 and "Why Is the Sun's Corona So Hot?" by Jack Zirker and Oddbjorn Engvold in Physics Today (see resources).
Oct 9, Mon: Read Sec. 6.1 again. Topics will be helioseismology and neutrinos.
Oct 11, Wed: Solar Wind and IMF. Read 6.2 and 6.3
Oct 13, Fri: Shocks. Read 6.8 and Sagdeev & Kennel article (see resources).
Oct 16, Mon: Parker Solar Probe. Read EOS Solar Probe article (see resources) and get to know the PSP website:
Oct 18, Wed: We will do SHOCKS today (reading already assigned; 6.8; Sagdeev & Kennel)
Oct 20, Fri: Solar Energetic Particles: 7.1 and 7.2
Oct 23, Mon: Interplanetary Transport: 7.3, 7.4
Oct 25, Wed: Shock Acceleration: 7.5, 7.6
Oct 27, Fri: Start magnetosphere. 8.1, start 8.2
Oct 30, Mon: 8.2, 8.3
Nov 1, Wed: 8.3, 8.4
Nov 3, Fri: 8.5
Nov 6, Mon: 8.6
Nov 8, Wed: 8.7
Nov 10, Friday: No new reading
Nov 13, Mon: Article by Lakhina & Tsurutani: "Geomagnetic storms: historical perspective to modern view" (See resources.)
Nov 22, Wed: (Optional): Watch video “NASA's Voyager 1 is in Interstellar Space”

Syllabus, Fall 2017
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