magnetic_pressure

plasmapy.physics.parameters.magnetic_pressure(B: Unit("T"))

Calculate the magnetic pressure.

Parameters

B (Quantity) – The magnetic field in units convertible to tesla.

Returns

p_B – The magnetic pressure in units in pascals (newtons per square meter).

Return type

Quantity

Raises
  • TypeError – If the input is not a Quantity.

  • UnitConversionError – If the input is not in units convertible to tesla.

  • ValueError – If the magnetic field strength is not a real number between +/- infinity.

Warns

~astropy.units.UnitsWarning – If units are not provided, SI units are assumed

Notes

The magnetic pressure is given by:

\[p_B = \frac{B^2}{2 \mu_0}\]

The motivation behind having two separate functions for magnetic pressure and magnetic energy density is that it allows greater insight into the physics that are being considered by the user and thus more readable code.

See also

magnetic_energy_density()

returns an equivalent Quantity, except in units of joules per cubic meter.

Example

>>> from astropy import units as u
>>> magnetic_pressure(0.1*u.T).to(u.Pa)
<Quantity 3978.8735773 Pa>