|Module Title||THE SUN AND INTERPLANETARY SPACE|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Andrew Breen|
|Other staff||Professor Philip Williams, Professor Shadia Habbal|
|Pre-Requisite||Core Physics Modules at Level 2|
|Course delivery||Lecture||20 lectures|
|Workshop||3 workshops/exercise classes|
|Assessment||Course work||3 Exercise Classes Coursework Deadlines (by week of Semester): Exercise Class 1 Week 4 Exercise Class 2 Week 8 Exercise Class 3 Week 10||20%|
|Exam||2 Hours end of semester examination for BSc students||80%|
|Exam||3 Hours end of semester examination for MPhys students||80%|
Sun (6) :
Structure of the Sun. Nuclear processes in the core. Solar neutrinos. Radiative and Convective zones. Solar seismology. Photosphere and Chromosphere. Sunspots, faculae, plages, prominences, filaments.Babcock-Leighton theory.
Solar Atmosphere (7) :
Corona. Coronal Heating.
Plasma density in corona and interplanetary space.
Scattering of light in the solar corona. Space-craft measurements.
Irregularities in corona and interplanetary space : Coronal features.
Dynamics of corona: Movement of visible features in the corona Doppler shift of spectral lines.
Coronal Activity: Flares. Solar radio emission. Bursts. X-Rays. Particle emission.
Solar wind and Heliosphere (5) :
Parker's theory. Solar breeze and solar wind. Effect of conductivity and viscosity. Spiral structure of Interplanetary magnetic field. Acceleration of solar wind near sun. Non-uniform flow and shock fronts. Terminator Shock.
Measurement of the solar wind. Interplanetary Scintillation and in-situ measurements.
Sun-Earth connections: Terrestrial effects of solar variability. Long period variations in activity. Solar wind and cosmic ray shielding. "Space climate".
Comets and Meteoroids (1):
Structure of Comets : Core, Coma, Cloud, Dust Tail, Plasma Tail and Ion Loading. Comets and Meteor Showers.