Solar and Heliospheric Physics
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Mechanics (PHYS 303), Electromagnetic Theory (PHYS 305),
Analytical Geometry and Calculus (MATH 213), or permission of instructor
Description: This course provides an advanced understanding of physics processes that govern space plasma, with a focus on understanding the structure and dynamics of Sun’s atmosphere. The topics include magnetic field (3-D extrapolation, helicity, nullpoint and separator), magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), magnetic reconnection, flare dynamics, coronal mass ejections, shock and particle acceleration, and solar wind. After taking this course, students should (1) have a deep understanding of magnetism and MHD physics, (2) understand the physical mechanisms leading to energetic eruptions, (3) learn state-of-the-art computational tools to model physical processes and compare with observations. This course is intended for graduate students who are interested in space science and astrophysics.
Homework: There will be weekly assignments.
Project: Students are required to conduct two research projects that involves in-depth physics, advanced data analysis, intensive computation and literature study. The following two projects are suggested: (1) calculating coronal magnetic field using PFSS model, and (2) CME tracking based on STEREO observations and 3-D magnetic field configuration
Exams: one midterm and one comprehensive final exam
Grades: Homework (25%), Projects (25%), Midterm (25%), Final Exam (25%)
Class URL: http://solar.gmu.edu/teaching/2010_CSI769/
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