The various tools used to probe the space environment electromagnetically are discussed:
as are the properties of the near-earth environment itself:
Also studied are:
The class will consider the application of the various probing tools to current experimental programs in the near-earth space environment, and the planning and execution of experiments in space.
Prerequisites: familiarity with electromagnetics at the level of EE142 and senior or graduate standing.
3 units, Autumn (Fraser-Smith) alternate years. Usually would be given 2009-2010 (Monday/Wednesday/Friday 1:15 pm) but cancelled by the Department as an economy measure.
Introduction to the Space Environment, by Thomas F. Tascione, 2nd Edition, Krieger Publishing, Florida, 1994.
The Solar-Terrestrial Environment, by J. K. Hargreaves, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England, 1992.
There are a number of interesting and useful Web pages that describe the space environment near the earth in some detail and which have high quality pictures. For example:
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