Preprint 36/2004

The method of images and the Green's functions for spherical domains

Eugene Gutkin and Paul K. Newton

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Submission date: 16. Jun. 2004
Pages: 20
published in: Journal of physics / A, 37 (2004) 50, p. 11989-12003 
DOI number (of the published article): 10.1088/0305-4470/37/50/004
with the following different title: The method of images and Green's function for spherical domains
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Motivated by problems in electrostatics and vortex dynamics, we develop two general methods for constructing the Green's function for simply connected domains on the surface of the unit sphere. We prove a Riemann mapping theorem showing that such domains can be conformally mapped to the upper hemisphere. We then categorize all domains on the sphere for which the Green's function can be constructed by an extension of the classical method of images. We illustrate our methods by several examples, such as the upper-hemisphere, geodesic triangles, and latitudinal rectangles. We describe the point vortex motion in these domains, which is governed by a Hamiltonian determined by the Dirichlet Green's function.

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