In strong electromagnetic fields the Lorentz force experienced by charges can become so large that the charge motion becomes relativistic. Newton’s equation of motion, F = ma, thus has to be modified as to include relativistic effects. In other words, one has to use relativistic mechanics in order to solve for the charge dynamics. In this project you are to determine the motion (velocities, trajectories) of charged particles in simple electromagnetic field configurations.
Supervisor: Dr Tom Heinzl