Ngô Quốc Anh

April 9, 2010

Kelvin transform: Laplacian

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For each point x \ne 0, denote x=(x_1,...,x_n) and

\displaystyle \xi = {x^\sharp } = \left( {\frac {{{x_1}}} {{{{\left| x \right|}^2}}},...,\frac {{{x_n}}} {{{{\left| x \right|}^2}}}} \right)

is the inversion of  x with respect to the unit sphere. We have the following identities

\displaystyle\frac {{\partial {\xi _j}}} {{\partial {x_k}}} = \frac {1} {{{{\left| x \right|}^2}}}\left( {{\delta _{jk}} - 2\frac {{{x_j}{x_k}}} {{{{\left| x \right|}^2}}}} \right)

and

\displaystyle\sum\limits_{l = 1}^n {\frac {{\partial {\xi _l}}} {{\partial {x_j}}}\frac {{\partial {\xi _l}}} {{\partial {x_k}}}} = \frac {1} {{{{\left| x \right|}^4}}}{\delta _{jk}}.

Thus,

\displaystyle\sum\limits_{l = 1}^n {\frac {{\partial {x_l}}} {{\partial {\xi _j}}}\frac {{\partial {x_l}}} {{\partial {\xi _k}}}} = \frac {1} {{{{\left| \xi \right|}^4}}}{\delta _{jk}}.

Next, think of \xi as a system of orthogonal curvilinear coordinates for x, we deduce that the metric tensor of the Euclidean space in curvilinear coordinates

\displaystyle {g_{j,k}}\left( {{\xi _j},{\xi _k}} \right) = \sum\limits_{l = 1}^n {\frac {{\partial {x_l}}} {{\partial {\xi _j}}}\frac {{\partial {x_l}}} {{\partial {\xi _k}}}} = \frac {1} {{{{\left| \xi \right|}^4}}}{\delta _{jk}}.

This implies that the so-called Lame coefficients is

\displaystyle {h_j} = \sqrt {{g_{j,j}}\left( {{\xi _j},{\xi _j}} \right)} = \frac {1} {{{{\left| \xi \right|}^2}}}.

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