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Geomagnetism and Aeronomy

Geomagnetism and Aeronomy

Course Outline: 

This course provides the necessary knowledge on Magnetism and aspects of the upper atmosphere (Aeronomy) not covered by the existing NASSP courses in order to ensure an overall understanding of Geomagnetism, the Ionosphere, and their interaction with each other and the Earth-Space environment.
The course will run 3 weeks with 2 one-hour sessions per day, and a 3-hour practical or tutorial session allocated per week. It requires as prerequisites the NASSP module "Plasma Physics" completed and concurrent attendance of "MHD Waves".

Syllabus: 

Geomagnetism: some or all of the following:

  • Earth's main field and secular variation.
  • Origin of the geomagnetic field (MHD).
  • Magnetism and geology (prospecting).
  • Morphology of magnetic disturbances.
  • Geomagnetic storms.
  • Analysis and modeling of geomagnetic data from satellites and ground observations.

Aeronomy: some or all of the following:

  • Photoionization.
  • Equilibrium theory.
  • Ambipolar diffusion in the F-region.
  • Formation of the ionosphere.
  • Sounding the ionosphere.
  • The ionosphere's role in radio propagation.
  • Ionosphere-magnetosphere interaction.
  • Space weather effects.


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