Ellipsoidal potentials¶

class
galpy.potential.EllipsoidalPotential.
EllipsoidalPotential
(amp=1.0, b=1.0, c=1.0, zvec=None, pa=None, glorder=50, ro=None, vo=None, amp_units=None)[source]¶ Base class for potentials corresponding to density profiles that are stratified on ellipsoids:
\[\rho(x,y,z) \equiv \rho(m^2)\]where \(m^2 = x^2+y^2/b^2+z^2/c^2\). Note that \(b\) and \(c\) are defined to be the axis ratios (rather than using \(m^2 = x^2/a^2+y^2/b^2+z^2/c^2\) as is common).
Implement a specific density distribution with this form by inheriting from this class and defining functions
_mdens(self,m)
(the density as a function ofm
),_mdens_deriv(self,m)
(the derivative of the density as a function ofm
), and_psi(self,m)
, which is:\[\psi(m) = \int_{m^2}^\infty d m^2 \rho(m^2)\]See PerfectEllipsoidPotential for an example and Merritt & Fridman (1996) for the formalism.

__init__
(amp=1.0, b=1.0, c=1.0, zvec=None, pa=None, glorder=50, ro=None, vo=None, amp_units=None)[source]¶ NAME:
__init__PURPOSE:
initialize a ellipsoidal potentialINPUT:
amp  amplitude to be applied to the potential (default: 1); can be a Quantity with units that depend on the specific spheroidal potential
b  ytox axis ratio of the density
c  ztox axis ratio of the density
zvec= (None) If set, a unit vector that corresponds to the z axis
pa= (None) If set, the position angle of the x axis (rad or Quantity)
glorder= (50) if set, compute the relevant force and potential integrals with Gaussian quadrature of this order
amp_units  (‘mass’, ‘velocity2’, ‘density’) type of units that amp should have if it has units (passed to Potential.__init__)
ro=, vo= distance and velocity scales for translation into internal units (default from configuration file)
OUTPUT:
(none)HISTORY:
20180806  Started  Bovy (UofT)
