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How to plot field lines in sage

asked 2012-09-28 18:23:45 +0100

sagefan gravatar image

updated 2012-09-29 16:36:13 +0100

I want to plot the field lines of an electric field, take for example that of an electric dipole. How can I do this in sage?

Edit: Perhaps my question was formulated too much in physicist slang... Mathematically I just want to plot the integral curves of a vector field for example: let $\vec{r}(x,y) = (x,y)$, $\vec{E_1} = \frac{\vec{r}}{|r|^{3}}$ and $\vec{E_2}(x,y) = \vec{E_1}(x-1,y)$

Then I want to plot the field lines of $\vec{E} = \vec{E_1} - \vec{E_2}$

The field line plot should look similar to this one:

field line plot example

I think in mathematica this is called a stream plot:

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answered 2012-09-29 12:10:30 +0100

calc314 gravatar image

updated 2012-09-29 12:11:17 +0100

I don't think there's a way to automate this totally and avoid putting in all of the initial conditions. Here is another version.

var('x y')
solns=[desolve_odeint(F,init,srange(0,1.5,0.05),[x,y]) for init in int_conds]
a=[arrow(solns[i][nhalf],solns[i][nhalf+1]) for i in range(0,len(solns))]
b=map(lambda x: line(x,thickness=2),solns)

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answered 2012-09-29 09:59:39 +0100

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updated 2012-09-30 11:09:15 +0100

Thanks for the edit. See if something like this does what you want.

var('x y')

int_conds=[[0.5,0.1*k] for k in [1..3,-3..-1]]
solns=sum([line(desolve_odeint(F,init,srange(0,tstop,step),[x,y]),thickness=2) for init in int_conds])
solns2=sum([line(desolve_odeint(F,init,srange(0,-1*tstop,-1*step),[x,y]),thickness=2) for init in int_conds])

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Thanks, that's almost what I want. The missing point is that I want not only one or three lines but something like I added in the original post above.

sagefan gravatar imagesagefan ( 2012-09-29 10:28:25 +0100 )edit

Sorry I had two typos in my Edit, which I fixed just now, see above. You should not normalize F! Perhaps you could include those changes in your examples. Thanks.

sagefan gravatar imagesagefan ( 2012-09-29 12:21:04 +0100 )edit

I've updated my code a good bit to include your edits and some solving backwards and forwards from the initial condition.

calc314 gravatar imagecalc314 ( 2012-09-30 11:10:01 +0100 )edit

answered 2012-09-29 19:24:16 +0100

achrzesz gravatar image

In the attached file one can see the maxima version (code in my previous answer)


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answered 2012-09-28 18:53:20 +0100

calc314 gravatar image

updated 2012-09-28 18:55:22 +0100

I'm not sure whether you already have equations to use or not. How you plot these all depends, of course, on how the equations are given. But, here is something. Using information in section D.73.3 of this webpage on quantum mechanics, we need to plot ${(x^2+z^2)}^{(3/2)}=c x^2$ for various values of $c$. The following code produces a plot.

var('x z')
sum([implicit_plot((x^2+z^2)^(3/2)==c*x^2,(x,-5,5),(z,-5,5)) for c in [1,2,3,4]])

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That are the equipotential surfaces and not the field lines. You can assume that I know an analytic expression for the electric field strength at every point.

sagefan gravatar imagesagefan ( 2012-09-29 04:40:28 +0100 )edit

Can you post the expression?

calc314 gravatar imagecalc314 ( 2012-09-29 08:37:47 +0100 )edit

See my edit

sagefan gravatar imagesagefan ( 2012-09-29 09:29:04 +0100 )edit

answered 2012-09-29 22:10:15 +0100

kcrisman gravatar image

People interested in this question will want to perhaps help out in making our ticket for streamline plots a reality.

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