Charged Particle Motion in Constant and Uniform Electromagnetic Fields

  • J. A. Bittencourt


In this and in the following two chapters we investigate the motion of charged particles in the presence of electric and magnetic fields known as functions of position and time. Thus, the electric and magnetic fields are assumed to be prescribed and are not affected by the charged particles. This chapter, in particular, considers the fields to be constant in time and spatially uniform. This subject is considered in some detail, since many of the more complex situations, considered in Chapters 3 and 4, can be treated as perturbations to this problem.


Charged Particle Drift Velocity Cyclotron Frequency Circular Motion Electric Current Density 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. A. Bittencourt
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  1. 1.National Institute for Space Research (INPE)São José dos Campos, SPBrazil

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