Charged Particle Beam: Physics Analysis & Dynamics

In summary, physics is required to analyze the motion and dynamics of a charged particle beam. Is just the analysis of electrical fields by charged particles on each other sufficient or is there a lot more to it?
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sid_galt
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What physics is required to analyze the motion and dynamics of a charged particle beam?
Is just the analysis of electrical fields by charged particles on each other sufficient or is there a lot more to it?
 
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sid_galt said:
What physics is required to analyze the motion and dynamics of a charged particle beam?
Is just the analysis of electrical fields by charged particles on each other sufficient or is there a lot more to it?
Interaction with the atmosphere plays a role, if you are talking about a long beam outside of a vacuum environment. I don't know any of the math. Generally the first pulse will create an evacuated channel in the air for others to follow. I don't know how ionization of the air might interact with the field around the beam. The beam will repel itself out of focus after a short distance, so energy density drops like crazy. I didn't investigate the subject much more than that, since it was just for a novel is was writing.
 
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The equations governing the motion of charged particles are:
dW/dt=qv.E
dp/dt=q[E+vXB].
 
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sid_galt said:
What physics is required to analyze the motion and dynamics of a charged particle beam?
Is just the analysis of electrical fields by charged particles on each other sufficient or is there a lot more to it?

Your question is rather vague. You need to specify under what conditions are you trying to "analyze" such motion.

In particle accelerators, there are numerical codes (such as PARMELA for linear electron accelerators) that practically track the evolution of the particles down the beam pipe under various conditions. This includes their interaction with each other in the form of the space-charge effects.

There are also varying level of complexities that can be included in different situations, such as that done in plasma dynamics in which self-energy interactions can become significant.

Thus, unless you have something specific in mind, this question is too vague to answer.

Zz.
 
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You also have to take into consideration that the particles will strip the electrons from the air as well, that the emf generated by the particle's flow would help to maintain the beam over a given distance as long as you can maintain a consistent pulse.
 
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sid_galt said:
the analysis of electrical fields by charged particles on each other

That's a can of worms in itself, You want more?!

Seriously though: The equations may be simple - the application is most definitely not. It's the old three body problem - with a whole lot more than three bodies.
 
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Well, if you have a lot of objects, you can throw it all into a stat-mech approach. Find average attraction/repulsion potentials, and throw them into free energy, then treat everything as a gas. Eventually, developing hydrodynamics equations for it.

But yeah, that requires a lot more than understanding of basic interactions between particles.
 
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Malleolus said:
You also have to take into consideration that the particles will strip the electrons from the air as well, that the emf generated by the particle's flow would help to maintain the beam over a given distance as long as you can maintain a consistent pulse.

I hope you realize that you're responding to a thread that has its last activity in 2005.

Zz.
 
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Don't you EVER take out the garbage?
 

Related to Charged Particle Beam: Physics Analysis & Dynamics

1. What is a charged particle beam?

A charged particle beam is a stream of electrically charged particles, such as electrons or protons, that are accelerated to high speeds using electromagnetic fields. These beams are commonly used in various fields of science and technology, including particle accelerators, medical treatments, and materials analysis.

2. How are charged particle beams created?

Charged particle beams are typically created by using an electric field to accelerate charged particles, such as electrons, towards a specific direction. This process is known as electron emission. Other methods for creating charged particle beams include ionization and photoemission.

3. What are the physics behind charged particle beams?

The physics of charged particle beams involves the principles of electromagnetism and the behavior of charged particles in electric and magnetic fields. The particles in the beam can be accelerated, focused, and controlled by manipulating these fields. Other factors such as particle energy, beam intensity, and beam stability also play a role in the dynamics of charged particle beams.

4. What are the applications of charged particle beams?

Charged particle beams have a wide range of applications in various fields. In particle physics, they are used to study the fundamental building blocks of matter. In medical treatments, such as radiation therapy, they are used to target and destroy cancer cells. In materials science, they are used to analyze the composition and structure of materials. Other applications include semiconductor manufacturing, environmental monitoring, and nuclear energy research.

5. How are charged particle beams analyzed and controlled?

The analysis and control of charged particle beams involve various techniques and technologies. These include particle detectors, spectrometers, and magnetic lenses. Computer simulations are also used to model and optimize the behavior of charged particle beams. Additionally, advanced control systems are used to maintain the stability and precision of the beam for specific applications.

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