Transverse magnetic field

1. Dec 16, 2006

lingling

What is the meaning of a ' transverse magnetic field '?

I 've seen it once in a question.
It asked 'when a beam of alpha particles enter a transverse magnetic field, ...'

I guessed it means the direction of the beam travelling is perpendicular to the direction of magnetic field. Is this right?

2. Dec 16, 2006

Hootenanny

Staff Emeritus
Correct

3. Dec 16, 2006

dextercioby

Yes, for example, if the beam is in the xOy plane, the (probably homogenous) magnetic field (induction vector $\vec{B}$) is along the Oz axis.

Daniel.