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Published February 2016 | public
Journal Article

Orbits of magnetized charged particles in parabolic and inverse electrostatic potentials


Analytic solutions are presented for the orbit of a charged particle in the combination of a uniform axial magnetic field and parabolic electrostatic potential. These trajectories are shown to correspond to the sum of two individually rotating vectors with one vector rotating at a constant fast frequency and the other rotating in the same sense but with a constant slow frequency. These solutions are related to Penning trap orbits and to stochastic orbits. If the lengths of the two rotating vectors are identical, the particle has zero canonical angular momentum in which case the particle orbit will traverse the origin. If the potential has an inverse dependence on distance from the source of the potential, the particle can impact the source. Axis-encircling orbits are where the length of the vector associated with the fast frequency is longer than the vector associated with the slow frequency. Non-axis-encircling orbits are the other way around.

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© 2016 Cambridge University Press. Received November 7 2015; Revised January 11 2016; Accepted January 12 2016. Published online: 28 January 2016. Part of a collection on Diagnostics of Dust in Plasmas - Laboratory, Space, and Fusion Plasmas.

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