Motion of a charged particle in a combined magnetic and electric field#
A charged particle follows a curved path in a magnetic field. In an electric field, the particle tends to accelerate in a direction parallel/antiparallel to the electric field depending on the nature of charge on the particle. In a combined electric and magnetic field, the particle moves along a helical path.
In this animation, there’s a magnetic and an electric field present in +x direction under whose influence the positively charged particle follows a helical path.
Importing necessary modules
import itertools import numpy as np from fury import actor, ui, utils, window
Let’s define some variable and their description:
radius_particle: radius of the point that will represent the particle (default = 0.08)
initial_velocity: initial velocity of the particle along +x (default = 0.09)
acc: acceleration of the particle along +x (due to the electric field) (default = 0.004)
time: time (default time i.e. time at beginning of the animation = 0)
incre_time: value by which time is incremented for each call of timer_callback (default = 0.09)
angular_frq: angular frequency (default = 0.1)
phase_angle: phase angle (default = 0.002)
Creating a scene object and configuring the camera’s position
Creating a blue colored arrow which shows the direction of magnetic field and electric field.
color_arrow = window.colors.blue # color of the arrow can be manipulated centers = np.array([[0, 0, 0]]) directions = np.array([[1, 0, 0]]) heights = np.array() arrow_actor = actor.arrow( centers, directions, color_arrow, heights, resolution=20, tip_length=0.06, tip_radius=0.012, shaft_radius=0.005, ) scene.add(arrow_actor)
Initializing the initial coordinates of the particle
Initializing point actor which will represent the charged particle
color_particle = window.colors.red # color of particle can be manipulated pts = np.array([[x, y, z]]) charge_actor = actor.point(pts, color_particle, point_radius=radius_particle) scene.add(charge_actor) vertices = utils.vertices_from_actor(charge_actor) vcolors = utils.colors_from_actor(charge_actor, 'colors') no_vertices_per_point = len(vertices) initial_vertices = vertices.copy() - np.repeat(pts, no_vertices_per_point, axis=0)
Initializing text box to display the name of the animation
end is used to decide when to end the animation
end = 200
This will be useful for plotting path of the particle
Coordinates to be plotted are changed every time timer_callback is called by using the update_coordinates function. The wave is rendered here.
def timer_callback(_obj, _event): global pts, time, incre_time, coor_1 time += incre_time cnt = next(counter) x = initial_velocity * time + 0.5 * acc * (time**2) y = np.sin(10 * angular_frq * time + phase_angle) z = np.cos(10 * angular_frq * time + phase_angle) pts = np.array([[x, y, z]]) vertices[:] = initial_vertices + np.repeat(pts, no_vertices_per_point, axis=0) utils.update_actor(charge_actor) # Plotting the path followed by the particle coor_2 = np.array([x, y, z]) coors = np.array([coor_1, coor_2]) coors = [coors] line_actor = actor.line(coors, window.colors.cyan, linewidth=3) scene.add(line_actor) coor_1 = coor_2 showm.render() # to end the animation if cnt == end: showm.exit()
Run every 15 milliseconds
Total running time of the script: ( 0 minutes 5.003 seconds)