magnetic cloud leaving Sun

Cornell University

ECE 5860, Upper Atmospheric
and Ionospheric Physics II

Lectures on Solar Physics and
the Sun-Earth Connection

Spring 2010

Earth's magnetosphere

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  Course Location and Time:
Phillips 407, MWF 11:15–12:05

Duration of this Segment:
2 weeks, Apr. 12–23

A major goal of ECE 5860 is to understand how the physics of the Sun, solar wind, and Earth's magnetosphere combine to affect the Earth's upper atmosphere and ionosphere.

For Spring 2010, the instructor for the two-week segment on Solar Physics and the Sun-Earth Connection is Steve Lantz, senior research associate at the Cornell CAC.


Lecture Materials

  • Week 1 Lecture Notes - ppt, pdf
  • Week 2 Lecture Notes - ppt, pdf
Many of the images in these lecture notes are linked to movies. If you use a browser plug-in to view the slides, the linked movies will play in your browser when you click them.


These links will take you to external collections of movies. A number of the animations were shown in class. Look for the ones in QuickTime format, as these are the ones that could not be inserted into the slides.

Pages from Previous Years


Questions? Comments? Email me, slantz ~at~
Last updated 5/27/10