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Bispherical Coordinates

THINGS TO TRY: 6-sphere coordinates arccot x cbrt(3)

A system of curvilinear coordinates variously denoted (Arfken 1970) or 1988). Using the notation of Arfken, the bispherical coordinates are defined by

(Moon and Spencer (1) (2) (3)

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Surfaces of constant

are given by the spheres (4)

surfaces of constant

by the apples (

) or lemons (

) (5)

and surface of constant

by the half-planes (6)

The scale factors are (7) (8) (9)

The Laplacian is given by (10)

In bispherical coordinates, Laplace's equation is separable (Moon and Spencer 1988), but the Helmholtz differential equation is not.

SEE ALSO:

**Bicyclide Coordinates, Laplace's Equation--Bispherical Coordinates, Spherical Coordinates, Toroidal Coordinates
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REFERENCES: Arfken, G. "Bispherical Coordinates pp. 115-117, 1970.

." §2.14 in Mathematical Methods for Physicists, 2nd ed. Orlando, FL: Academic Press,

." Fig. 4.03 in Field Theory Handbook, Including Coordinate Systems, Moon, P. and Spencer, D. E. "Bispherical Coordinates Differential Equations, and Their Solutions, 2nd ed. New York: Springer-Verlag, pp. 110-112, 1988. Morse, P. M. and Feshbach, H. Methods of Theoretical Physics, Part I. New York: McGraw-Hill, pp. 665-666, 1953.

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