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AS5002   Magnetofluids and Space Plasmas

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF Level 11

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: This module is intended for students in the final year of an MPhys or MSci programme involving the School, and for those on the Astrophysics MSc

Planned timetable: To be arranged

This module is aimed at both physics and astrophysics students with interests in the physics of plasmas. The interaction of a magnetic field with an ionized gas (or plasma) is fundamental to many problems in astrophysics, solar- terrestrial physics and efforts to harness fusion power using tokamaks. The syllabus comprises: Solar-like magnetic activity on other stars. The basic equations of magneto-hydrodynamics. Stellar coronae: X-ray properties and energetics of coronal loops. Energetics of magnetic field configurations. MHD waves and propagation of information. Solar and stellar dynamos: mean field models. Star formation: properties of magnetic cloud cores, magnetic support. Physics of accretion discs: transport of mass and angular momentum. Accretion on to compact objects and protostars. Rotation and magnetic fields in protostellar discs. Rotation distributions of young solar-type stars. Magnetic braking via a hot, magnetically channelled stellar wind.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass 1 module from {PH3007, MT4510, MT4553} and pass 1 module from {AS3013, PH4030, PH3080, MT3802, MT4112}

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 lectures or tutorials.

Scheduled learning hours: 32

Guided independent study hours: 118

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 100%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 0%

Re-assessment: Oral Re-assessment, capped at grade 7

Additional information from school

Please see also the information in the School's Handbook for Honours modules available via This link also gives access to timetables for the modules


Module teaching staff: TBC