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Coulomb term in Potential of ions in a Penning Trap,Green's Function

  1. Jun 8, 2014 #1
    How do you write out the potential of an ion in a Penning trap? Specifically, how does the inter-ionic Coulomb interaction come to be written as a Green's function? I found it here : http://journals.aps.org/rmp/pdf/10.1103/RevModPhys.71.87 [Broken]

    They do say something about interactions with image charges in the electrodes, but I can not see why a simple expression of all Coulomb pairs is not good enough. They seem to use it well enough in some of the other papers I read.
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  3. Jun 12, 2014 #2
    Green's function in E&M just means the the integral k rho/|r-r'| over r' where rho is the change density.

    A greens method is a nifty way of solving differential equations by convolving something with the green function. The Green function typically have the form f(r-r').
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