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Finding B-Field Of Solenoid Slightly Off Axis?

  1. Dec 2, 2012 #1
    If you have a solenoid positioned along the z axis...

    ...how would one find the b-field at slight deviations of x and y???

    I have been googling for hours and cant find anything other than the fact that it is very difficult!

    Thanks guys!
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  3. Dec 3, 2012 #2
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  4. Dec 3, 2012 #3
    Interesting read, but extremely complicated! Haha, i was wondering if there was a way to taylor expand around the z axis with infintely small deviations from the z axis (i.e. x+ε and y+ε)

    Any thoughts?
  5. Dec 3, 2012 #4
    What exactly do you want to expand?
    Note that the magnetic field inside a sufficiently long solenoid is in fact homogeneous and there is no need to expand anything, Also the need for complicated math and numerical integration techniques arises even on axis for a short finite solenoid since the fields at the ends diverge.

    Last edited: Dec 3, 2012
  6. Dec 7, 2012 #5
    Well, let me get a little more specific then.

    My actual problem was to find the b-field of a helix coil along the axis of symmetry (z-axis), and I did. The B_x, B_y and B_z components are all a function of z and no other variables.

    Then I was asked to find the b-field at very small deviations from the z-axis, x+ε and y+ε. I was also given the advice to do some "Taylor expansion of the field".

    But i dont have a clue of how to do that! Any help??
  7. Dec 8, 2012 #6
    Just to make things very clear I have attached a pdf of the integrals I will be computing. So, I am wondering if I should expand ∅ with a taylor expansion because of the assumption that displacements of ∅ will be very small i.e. (∅ + ε) and (∅ - ε)

    I am hoping this expansion of ∅ will create a simple integral and the answer of which will give the b-field in terms of (x,y,z) with the assumption that displacements in the (x,y,z) will be very small (x+ε,y+ε,z+ε).

    Does this sound reasonable or am I totally off? Also, how many terms in the taylor expansion should I keep?

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    Last edited: Dec 8, 2012
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