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I Cycloid motion of a charged particle.

  1. Mar 29, 2016 #1
    Does the cycloid motion of the picture only apply to a particle at rest in the x y and z axis? What if it is moving with a velocity parallel to the magnetic field before the electric field accelerates it? I think it will then move in a spiral; although, I am not sure.

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  3. Mar 29, 2016 #2
    With your configuration of the electric and magnetic fields, neither of them changes the y-component of the velocity. so as the particle moves along the cycloid, it also keeps moving along the y-direction with constant velocity.
     
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