Corotating rotation wrapper potential

class galpy.potential.CorotatingRotationWrapperPotential(*args, **kwargs)[source]

Potential wrapper class that implements rotation with fixed R x pattern-speed around the z-axis. Can be used to make spiral structure that is everywhere co-rotating. The potential is rotated by replacing

\[\phi \rightarrow \phi + \frac{V_p(R)}{R} \times \left(t-t_0\right) + \mathrm{pa}\]

with \(V_p(R)\) the circular velocity curve, \(t_0\) a reference time—time at which the potential is unchanged by the wrapper—and \(\mathrm{pa}\) the position angle at \(t=0\). The circular velocity is parameterized as

\[V_p(R) = V_{p,0}\,\left(\frac{R}{R_0}\right)^\beta\,.\]
__init__(amp=1.0, pot=None, vpo=1.0, beta=0.0, to=0.0, pa=0.0, ro=None, vo=None)[source]

Initialize a CorotatingRotationWrapper Potential.

  • amp (float, optional) – Amplitude to be applied to the potential (default: 1.).

  • pot (Potential instance or list thereof, optional) – This potential is made to rotate around the z axis by the wrapper.

  • vpo (float or Quantity, optional) – Amplitude of the circular-velocity curve.

  • beta (float, optional) – Power-law amplitude of the circular-velocity curve.

  • to (float or Quantity, optional) – Reference time at which the potential == pot.

  • pa (float or Quantity, optional) – The position angle.

  • ro (float or Quantity, optional) – Distance scale for translation into internal units (default from configuration file).

  • vo (float or Quantity, optional) – Velocity scale for translation into internal units (default from configuration file).


  • 2018-02-21 - Started - Bovy (UofT)