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Brazilian Journal of Physics

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JESUS, V.L.B. de; GUIMARAES, A.P.  and  OLIVEIRA, I.S.. Classical and quantum mechanics of a charged particle in oscillating electric and magnetic fields. Braz. J. Phys. [online]. 1999, vol.29, n.3, pp. 541-546. ISSN 1678-4448.

The motion of a particle with charge q and mass m in a magnetic field given by B = kB0 + B1 [icos(wt) + jsin(wt)] and an electric field which obeys Ñ ´E = -B/t is analysed classically and quantum-mechanically. The use of a rotating coordinate system allows the analytical derivation of the particle classical trajectory and its laboratory wavefunction. The motion exhibits two resonances, one at w = wc = -qBo/m, the cyclotron frequency, and the other at w = wL = -qBo/2m, the Larmor frequency. For w at the first resonance frequency, the particle acquires a simple closed trajectory, and the effective hamiltonian can be interpreted as that of a particle in a static magnetic field. In the second case a term corresponding to an effective static electric field remains, and the particle orbit is an open line. The particle wave function and eigenenergies are calculated.

Keywords : magnetic resonance; ion trapping; isotope separation; magnetic confinement.

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