Plummer potential

class galpy.potential.PlummerPotential(amp=1.0, b=0.8, normalize=False, ro=None, vo=None)[source]

Class that implements the Plummer potential

\[\Phi(R,z) = -\frac{\mathrm{amp}}{\sqrt{R^2+z^2+b^2}}\]

with \(\mathrm{amp} = GM\) the total mass.

__init__(amp=1.0, b=0.8, normalize=False, ro=None, vo=None)[source]




initialize a Plummer potential


amp - amplitude to be applied to the potential, the total mass (default: 1); can be a Quantity with units of mass or Gxmass

b - scale parameter (can be Quantity)

normalize - if True, normalize such that vc(1.,0.)=1., or, if given as a number, such that the force is this fraction of the force necessary to make vc(1.,0.)=1.

ro=, vo= distance and velocity scales for translation into internal units (default from configuration file)




2015-06-15 - Written - Bovy (IAS)