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Motion of a charged particle in a constant magnetic and oscillating electric field.

  1. Oct 2, 2011 #1
    I can't figure out what is the motion of a charged particle at rest at origin in a constant uniform magnetic field when it is subjected to an oscillating electric field starting t = 0. I need to find the equations representing its motion.
     
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  3. Oct 2, 2011 #2
    Re: Motion of a charged particle in a constant magnetic and oscillating electric fiel

    Use the Lorentz force law[itex]\mathbf{F}=q(\mathbf{E}+\mathbf{v} \times \mathbf{B}) [/itex] where F is the force, q is the charge, E is the electric field and B is the magnetic field. Then, you substitute the resulting expression into Newton's Second Law, [itex]\mathbf{F}=m\mathbf{a}[/itex]. Then you just plug and chug and solve the resulting Diff. Eq. (You didn't specify the directions of the E and B fields, so I can't go any further. xP)

    Hope that helps!
     
  4. Oct 2, 2011 #3
    Re: Motion of a charged particle in a constant magnetic and oscillating electric fiel

    E and B fields are perpendicular. I have to take into account the damping and resisting forces for the oscillatory motion. I need to find a solution analytically for the motion of the particle in that case. I managed to do it, but I am not sure if I did it right. If the B field is along y-axis and E along x, I found an oscillatory motion in xz plane. The damping factor brings it to rest as time goes to infinity.
     
  5. Oct 2, 2011 #4
    Re: Motion of a charged particle in a constant magnetic and oscillating electric fiel

    You should post the full details of the problem.
     
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