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Re: Plotting magnetic field lines

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  • Subject: [mg4836] Re: Plotting magnetic field lines
  • From: "Brian J. Albright" <albright at physics.ucla.edu>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Sep 1996 01:12:50 -0400
  • Organization: UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Ron Elsner wrote:
> 
> "Magnetic brooms" are used in some space science
> experiments to sweep electrons away from some
> portion of the instrument (for example detectors
> in the focal plane of an x-ray telescope).  I want
> to look at the field configuration of a magnetic
> broom.  Has anyone used Mathematica to plot
> field lines?  Thanks.
> 
> Ron Elsner
> NASA MSFC
> elsner at avalon.msfc.nasa.gov

Hi Ron.

I have.  It works great.
Have you checked MathSource (http://www.wri.com/mathsource/)?  I
obtained packages for plotting 2d and 3d vector fields there. If I
recall correctly, these were part of the ExtendGraphics packages by Tom
Wickham-Jones.  You should be able to find what you want if enter "field
lines" into their search engine.

Also, if you are going to be rendering 3d magnetic field lines, you may
find the package VRMLConvert.m to useful--it allows you to convert your
3D Mathematica graphics into VRML, which can then be viewed and
manipulated using any VRML browser, such as VRWeb.

I hope this helps.  

Regards,

-Brian

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Brian J. Albright                          | 
Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCLA  |  Um, yeah.  Uh....  Oh gee.
albright at physics.ucla.edu                  |   
http://bohm.physics.ucla.edu/~albright     |  [.signature stage fright]
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