Charged Particle Motion in Nonuniform Magnetostatic Fields

  • J. A. Bittencourt


When the fields are spatially nonuniform, or when they vary with time, the integration of the equation of motion (2.1.1) (Eq. 1.1 in Chapter 2) can be a mathematical problem of great difficulty. In this case, since the equation of motion is nonlinear, the theory may become extremely involved, and rigorous analytic expressions for the charged particle trajectory cannot, in general, be obtained in closed form. Numerical methods of integration must be used in order to obtain all the details of the motion.


Charged Particle Field Line Pitch Angle Magnetic Field Line Curvature Term 


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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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