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Spring Semester 2001

You can download a printable version of the complete Syllabus.
Instructor: Prof. Eberhard Möbius, Physics Department, and Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space
Office: Morse Hall, Room 407
Phone: 862-3097
E-Mail: Eberhard.Moebius@unh.edu
Office hours: Tu, We, Fr 1100 1200 am

Course Materials:

On Reserve in Physics Library:

WWW Page (developing during course): index.html


Based on:

A) Homework

about every 2 weeks (7)


B) Class Participation

includes discussion of one homework


C) Presentation

teaching of one class


D) Term Paper

about topic of class presentation


E) Midterm Exam


F) Final Exam


Term Paper

Draft due: Monday, April 9


after conference

Rev. due: Friday, May 11


Midterm Exam:

Friday, March 9


The solar wind provides a very versatile laboratory to study the physics of interacting plasmas and the transport and acceleration of particles in space. The acceleration of the hot corona to a supersonic wind and its interaction with the interstellar neighborhood is a basic example for the surroundings of stars. Wherever the supersonic solar wind runs into obstacles the formation of shock waves: at planetary magnetospheres and comets, in the transition from high to low speed solar wind, at coronal mass ejections, and at the heliospheric boundary. Shock waves are known as very efficient particle accelerators in the cosmos. A wide variety of them can be studied in-situ within the solar system itself. The populations of particles, which are accelerated in interplanetary space, range from the solar wind proper, via particles from the planetary and cometary environments to the interstellar gas. In addition, particles accelerated at the sun during solar flares have to be considered. We will include the discussion of the instrumentation necessary to study these phenomena experimentally.

  1. Introduction
  2. Solar Wind and Interplanetary Magnetic Field
  3. Plasma Instrumentation: Low Energy Particles and Fields
  4. Interaction of the Interstellar Medium with the Heliosphere
  5. Cosmic Ray Instruments: Energetic Particles
  6. Transport and Acceleration of Charged Particles
  7. Solar Energetic Particles
  8. Other Energetic Particles Sources



More general books:


Solar Wind:

Interstellar Gas - Heliosphere:

Cosmic Rays and Acceleration:

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R: This book/article is on reserve; (R) on order