Simple model of electrostatic trap
I need some help on my research assignment which was dumped upon me during finals week. Thank you research leader for unloading your anger upon this poor undergrad. Anyways, I'm in a project to construct an electrostatic trap... and to model it in matlab. I figure I should try to do this on paper, but I just realized that I have no idea really how one should model this. I figure it's like a box of potentials so would I just solve some LaPlace's equation and gungho on that for a simplistic model?
Does anybody have any further information about electrostatic traps? When I googled it and hit the first few links, it's a bit mumbojumbo, I hope it'll clear up when finals are over, but I'm pretty stressing out right now.
Thanks for the help.
Oh, an electrostatic ion trap by the way.