# Charged Particle in Magnetic Field

###### Charged Particle in Magnetic Field
Magnetism II Physics 2415 Lecture 15 Michael Fowler, UVa Today’s Topics • Force on a charged particle moving in a magnetic field • Path of a charged particle moving in a magnetic field • Torque on a current loop in a magnetic field, magnetic dipole moment Earth’s Magnetic Field is approximately that of a bar magnet almost (but not quite) aligned with the axis of rotation. • The S pole is under the Arctic—so a compass N pole points appropriately. At the Earth’s surface, the magnetic field is approximately horizontal only near the equator. The inclination to the horizontal is the dip angle: 90 at the magnetic poles. Force on Straight Wire Carrying Current in Constant Magnetic Field • It is well established experimentally that F I B is true for any angle between the wire and the constant field direction. • In particular, a wire parallel to the field will feel zero force. • This equation fixes the unit of magnetic field: for F in Newtons, I amps, B is in Teslas. Force on an Electric Charge Moving in a Magnetic Field • We’ve seen that the force on an element of current in a wire in a magnetic field is: dF Id B • The current I is a line density  C/m of charge moving at speed v, where I = v. Let’s denote the total charge in a particular by Q = dℓ. d • Then Qv = vdℓ = Idℓ, and the force on the current element is seen to be a force on this moving charge, . F Q v BClicker Question • A charged particle moving through a magnetic field feels a force F  Q v . B • The rate at which the magnetic field does work on the particle depends on: A. Only the magnetic field strength and the charge B. It depends also on the velocity and angle C. None of the above: the work done by the magnetic field is always zero. Clicker Answer • A charged particle moving through a magnetic field feels a force F  Qv . B • The rate at which the magnetic field does work on the particle is zero. • In a time dt, the particle moves ds  vd t and the work done Fds Qv Bds Qv Bvdt 0 since v Bv 0. • The force is always perpendicular to the direction of motion, so does no work. Proton in a Cyclotron • A proton in a uniform • . v magnetic field, with initial velocity perpendicular to F the field, will circle at constant speed in a plane perpendicular to the field. • The equation of motion is 2 mv  evB r magnetic field perp into screen Proton in a Cyclotron • The equation of motion is • . v 2 mv / r evB F from which the time of one revolution T 2 r / v 2 m / eB and this is independent of the radius of the orbit • This independence made the magn field perp into screen cyclotron accelerator possible. Proton in a Cyclotron • The two “D”s are hollow D • . shaped metal boxes, open along the straight part. • The circling protons go back and forth. • The oscillator alternates the relative voltages of the D’s, so as a proton goes from one to the other it is attracted and accelerates, going into a larger, faster circle—but with the same If the proton reaches relativistic period—each time. speeds, its mass increases and the circling time changes. Charged Particle in Magnetic Field • If the initial velocity is not • . perpendicular to the field, the motion in constant field will be circular plus a constant velocity parallel to the field—a helix. • If the field is becoming stronger in the direction of motion, the helix gets tighter, and finally reverses. This is a magnetic The slope of the field lines mirror, used to confine plasmas gives a “backward” in prototype fusion reactors. component to the magnetic force. LargeScale Magnetic Confinement • The van Allen radiation belts are filled with charged particles moving between two magnetic mirrors created by the Earth’s magnetic field. The outer belt is mostly electrons, the inner one mostly protons. Torque on a Current Loop b • . • Take first an axb rectangular loop, horizontal, in a uniform magnetic field with field a lines parallel to the end sides of the loop. loop area A = ab • The forces on the other sides are vertical as shown, with magnitude IℓB = IaB, and torque about the axis: b/2  IaBb / 2 IaBb / 2 IabB IAB end view Current Loop at an Angle • The loop has a magnetic field • . resembling that of a short bar magnet, we define the direction of the loop area A as current that of the semi equivalent bar out b/2 magnet.  current • The torque is in   IABsin B, IA  IA •   IA is the magnetic dipole end view moment, in exact analogy with  pE the electric .
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