Magnetic-field modeling with surface currents: Implementation and usage of bfieldtools [article]

Rasmus Zetter, Antti J. Mäkinen, Joonas Iivanainen, Koos C. J. Zevenhoven, Risto J. Ilmoniemi, Lauri Parkkonen
2020 arXiv   pre-print
We present a novel open-source Python software package, bfieldtools, for magneto-quasistatic calculations with current densities on surfaces of arbitrary shape. The core functionality of the software relies on a stream-function representation of surface-current density and its discretization on a triangle mesh. Although this stream-function technique is well-known in certain fields, to date the related software implementations have not been published or have been limited to specific
more » ... . With bfieldtools, we aimed to produce a general, easy-to-use and well-documented open-source software. The software package is written purely in Python; instead of explicitly using lower-level languages, we address computational bottlenecks through extensive vectorization and use of the NumPy library. The package enables easy deployment, rapid code development and facilitates application of the software to practical problems. In this paper, we describe the software package and give an extensive demonstration of its use with an emphasis on one of its main applications -- coil design.
arXiv:2005.10056v2 fatcat:7ylsbyg63jfr7gjzjgfzpckq6y