beta

plasmapy.physics.dimensionless.beta(T: Unit("K"), n: Unit("1 / m3"), B: Unit("T"))

The ratio of thermal pressure to magnetic pressure.

Parameters
  • T (Quantity) – The temperature of the plasma.

  • n (Quantity) – The particle density of the plasma.

  • B (Quantity) – The magnetic field in the plasma.

Examples

>>> import astropy.units as u
>>> beta(1*u.eV, 1e20*u.m**-3, 1*u.T)
<Quantity 4.02670904e-05>
>>> beta(8.8e3*u.eV, 1e20*u.m**-3, 5.3*u.T)
<Quantity 0.01261482>
Returns

beta – Dimensionless quantity.

Return type

Quantity