Forest UCM PnCP QubUniBfield
Charge in Bfield
Consider a charged particle moving the x-y plane in the presence of a uniform magnetic field with field lines in the z-dierection.
- Lorentz Force
- the work done by a magnetic field is zero if the particle's kinetic energy (mass and velocity) don't change.
No work is done on a charged particle forced to move in a fixed circular orbit by a magnetic field (cyclotron)
Apply Newton's 2nd Law
- Motion in the z-direction has no acceleration and therefore constant (zero) velocity.
- Motion in the x-y plane is circular
- = fundamental cyclotron frequency
Then we have two coupled equations
determine the velocity as a function of time
- = complex variable used to change variables
the complex variable solution may be written in terms ofand
The above expression indicates thatand oscillate at the same frequency but are 90 degrees out of phase. This is characteristic of circular motion with a magnitude of such that
Determine the position as a function of time
To determine the position as a function of time we need to integrate the solution above for the velocity as a function of time
Using the same trick used to determine the velocity, define a position function using complex variable such that
Using the definitions of velocity
The position is also composed of two oscillating components that are out of phase by 90 degrees
The radius of the circular orbit is given by
The momentum is proportional to the charge, magnetic field, and radius
charge in B-field and E-field