Elements of Green's Functions and Propagation: Potentials, Diffusion, and Waves

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Clarendon Press, 1989 - 465 Seiten
This text takes the student with a background in undergraduate physics and mathematics towards the skills and insights needed for graduate work in theoretical physics. The author uses Green's functions to explore the physics of potentials, diffusion, and waves. These are important phenomena in their own right, but this study of the partial differential equations describing them also prepares the student for more advanced applications in many-body physics and field theory. Calculations are carried through in enough detail for self-study, and case histories illustrate the interplay between physical insight and mathematical formalism. The aim is to develop the habit of dialogue with the equations and the craftsmanship this fosters in tackling the problem. The book is based on the author's extensive teaching experience.
 

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Readers guide
3
Appendices
4
Ordinary differential equations
42
A preview
70
Summary
89
II Dirichlet problems
117
Problems
138
dimensionality under Neumann boundary conditions
150
The Helmholtz equation
329
А Notations and formulary
371
spherical polar coordinates
378
B The Dirichlet integral
384
Brownian motion
392
F The Greens functions G as Fourier integrals
400
G Dilemmas with notations for boundary and initial
410
Greens functions for circle
412

IV Some points of principle
157
Summary
173
II General theory
201
Summary
229
II Unbounded space
262
III Examples
290
the variational method and
426
K Sound waves
432
the initial conditions on K3 verified
439
relativistic methods for
449
Index
459
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Über den Autor (1989)

G. Barton is at University of Sussex.

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