The solutions of the Laplace equation $\Delta f =0$ on a domain $D\subset \mathbb{R}^n$ are known as *harmonic functions*.

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Describing co-ordinate systems in 3D for which Laplace's equation is separable

Laplace's Equation in 3 dimensions is given by $$\nabla^2f=\frac{ \partial^2f}{\partial x^2}+\frac{ \partial^2f}{\partial z^2}+\frac{ \partial^2f}{\partial y^2}=0$$ and is a very important PDE in ...
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Harmonic functions and null recurrence

Let $(X_n)_{n \geq 0}$ be a irreducible Markov chain defined on a countable state space $S$. It is known some ways to figure out if this chain is recurrent or not looking for superharmonic functions ...
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is Poisson's kernel always integrable?

Let $E$ be a smooth domain. The Green function $G(x,y)=F(x,y)-\Phi(x,y)$ where $F$ is the fundamental solution to the Laplace equation and for fixed $x\in E$, $\Phi(x,\cdot)$ is a harmonic function in ...
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Prove or disprove: If $h$ is harmonic on $E$, then $h$ is constant on each $C_i$

For a general finite Markov chain $(X_n)_{n\in\mathbb{N}_0}$ with state space $E$ and transition matrix $P=(p_{x,y})_{x,y\in E}$, not necessarily irreducible, we define the linear space of ...
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Existence of a harmonic function?

I really have no clue about this problem. Should I represent $u(x)$ using $\varphi(x')$? But how to represent that? Thanks for any help!
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Inequalities for Laplacian operator eigenvalues

Do the Dirichlet and Neumann eigenvalues of the minus Laplace-Beltrami operator on a compact surface w/boundary interlace? There're known inequalities of the form $$\mu_{k+N}\le\lambda_k,$$ where ...
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Subharmonic function and holomorphically parametrized integrals

Let $f_\lambda$ be a family of $L^1$ functions (say on $\mathbb{C}$) such that for all $z$ the map $\lambda \mapsto f_\lambda(z)$ is holomorphic. Consider the map $N(\lambda)=\log \int |f_\lambda(z)| ...
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The Schwarz reflection principle and harmonic function (Big Rudin chapter 11)

In his book page 250 Exer 11: Suppose that $I=[a,b]$,$\Omega$ is a region ,$I\subset\Omega$,$f$ is continuous in $\Omega$,and $f\in H(\Omega-I)$,prove that actually $f\in H(\Omega)$. If I follow the ...
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Geometric Interpretation of Laplace's Equation

Let $f: \mathbb{C} \rightarrow \mathbb{C}$ be analytic. In the natural way, let $f = u + vi$ for $u,v : \mathbb{C} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$. Let $z \in \mathbb{C}$. Suppose that $u$ and $v$ satisfy ...
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The second derivative of simple layer potential

A simple-layer potential is defined as $$\Psi(M)=\iint_{S}\dfrac{\sigma(N)}{R(M,N)}dS(N)$$ where $S$ denotes a flat region in the plane $z=0$; the coordinates of $M$ and $N$ are $(\rho,\phi,z)$ and ...
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Fourier Transform of spherical harmonics

I am trying seeking for definition (or some source) of the Fourier Transform of Spherical Harmonics (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spherical_harmonics). Any help will be really appreciated. ...
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Maps in $\mathbb{R}^n$ preserving harmonic functions

A map $\varphi:\mathbb{R}^n\to\mathbb{R}^n$ preserves harmonic functions if $f\circ\varphi$ is harmonic for every harmonic function $f:\mathbb{R}^n\to\mathbb{R}$. It is known that these maps are, in ...
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Finding the harmonic conjugate

I have shown that the following function is harmonic and am attempting to find it's harmonic conjugate: $u=e^{-2xy}\sin(x^2-y^2)$ I know that to find the harmonic conjugate I need to use the ...
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Superharmonic function and supermartingale

If $f$ is a nonnegative superharmonic function in dimension 2, how to prove that $f$ is constant? There is an exercise in R.Durrett's probability book, which gives out a method to prove it by ...
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Harmonic function with boundary value 0 except one point

Let $\Delta=\{z\in\mathbb{C}: |z|<1\}$ Assume $u\in C(\overline{\Delta}\setminus \{1\})$ such that it is harmonic in $\Delta$ and $u(\xi)=0$ for $\xi\in S^1\setminus \{1\}$. (a) Find an example ...
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Poisson Equation in a Rectangle

The problem is to solve $$\Delta\phi=\frac \lambda {\varepsilon_0}\delta(x-x',y-y')\quad;\quad \phi(0,y)=\phi(a,y)=\phi(x,0)=\phi(x,b)=0.$$ My idea was to try and represent the RHS as a series of ...
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Solutions of Laplace's Equation/Landau & Lifschitz Fluid Mechanics

in Fluid Mechanics by Landau and Lifschitz (a fairly well-known book - I'm just mentioning it for those who might have it) they are discussing "As we know, Laplace's equation has a solution l/r, ...
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For which real constants $k$ is the function $u$ harmonic?

For which real constants is the function $$ v(x):=x_1^3+kx_1x_2^2 $$ harmonic on $\mathbb{R}^n$? To my calculation, the equation $$ \Delta v=\sum_{k=1}^n\frac{\partial^2 ...
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subharmonic function and support functions

$M$ is a Riemannian manifold and $f$ is a continuous function on $M$. $f$ has the property that for any $p \in M,\epsilon>0$, we can find a smooth function $f_{\epsilon}$ such that ${f_\varepsilon ...
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Gradient of an harmonic function

Let $ M $ be a Riemannian manifold and let $ f $ be an harmonic function on $ M $. By Unique continuation theorem we can assert that if $ \nabla f = 0 $ on an open subset $ \Omega \subset M $ then ...
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expansion of function on spherical harmonics

Let $f :S^{n-1}\longrightarrow R_+$ be a square integrable function. Let $\{Y_{j,k}\}$ be an orthonormal basis of spherical harmonics on $S^{n-1}$, $j\in Z_+$ and $k=1, \ldots, d_n(j)$, where $d_n(j)$ ...
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Composition of a subharmonic function and a conformal mapping

this is q.4 of p.248 of Ahlfors book: Prove that a subharmonic function remains subharmonic after a composition with a conformal mapping. What I'v tried: Let $u:\Gamma \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ and ...
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For compact $K \subset \mathbb C$, show that $u(z) = -\log(\mathrm{dist}(z,K))$ is subharmonic

Let $K \subset \mathbb C$ be compact, and let $u(z) = -\log(\mathrm{dist}(z,K))$ be defined on $\mathbb C \setminus K$. May I get a hint for proving that $u(z)$ is subharmonic? Subharmonic, here, is ...
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Biharmonic operator

Consider the problem: $$ \Delta^2 u = f$$ on the square domain $U=(0,1)\times(0,1)$ with boundary conditions: $$ u(x,y)=\Delta u(x,y) = 0$$ for $(x,y) \in \partial U.$ I try to solve it with the ...
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A function in the $L^2$ closure of the set of smooth, harmonic functions on the closed unit disk is smooth and has a harmonic representative.

This is is a homework problem I'm having trouble understanding. I am given the set $$Y=\{u\in \mathbb{C}^{\infty}(\bar{D_1})| \triangle u=0\}$$ and its closure with respect to the $L^2$ norm, ...
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Tight bounds for harmonic measure

I recently came across a question concerning harmonic measure here, and was wondering if there is a good reference summarizing different methods of estimating harmonic measure? Specifically, I would ...
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hyperbolic group ; showing the existence of a ration function with a certain condition

I'm currently working out of a book called differentialgeometry and minimal surfaces written by Jost-Hinrich Eschenburg und Jürgen Jost. Right now I'm looking at an exercise (12.5) under the ...
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Subharmonic/Superharmonic Inequality in Gilbarg/Trudinger [Section 2.8]

This is in Section 2.8 of Gilbarg and Trudinger. I believe there are some inaccuracies in the proof supplied, and in any case I think there is a more straightforward proof. Definition: A ...
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Harmonic function on a wedge

Find a harmonic function $\phi(r,\theta)$ in the wedge with three sides $\theta=0$, $\theta=\beta$ and $r=a$ and boundary conditions $\phi(r,0)=0=\phi(r,\beta)$, $0<r<a$ and ...
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Poisson Integral, when $U$ is discontinuous

So I am working on the following problem. Let $U$ be a piecewise continuous function and bounded for all real numbers. Then define the Poisson Integral for the UHP to be (It can be deduce from the one ...
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Prove a function is subharmonic?__Gilbarg Exercise

My attempt: By a long time google search I found in a book about how to prove it in the case of harmonic function. Just construct another function $v$ which is harmonic in the $\Omega$, then prove ...
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Property about positive harmonic functions

Let $U$ be a region and $K$ a compact subset of $U$. Fix a $z_{0} \in U$. Why does there exist positive real numbers $\alpha$ and $\beta$ such that $$\alpha u(z_{0}) \leq u(z) \leq \beta u(z_{0})$$ ...
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Difference of two subharmonic functions and signed measures

One of the reasons subharmonic functions are interesting is that if you take their laplacian, you get a measure (and conversely any finite Radon measure with compact support can be obtained in this ...
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Laplace transform $y''''+37y''+36y=g(t)$

Hey this problem is making me insane so have at it and let me know what I keep screwing up. Express the solution of the initial value problem in terms of a convolution integral: ...
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Complex Variables Conformal Mapping in Complex Plane of harmonic Functions

Consider the harmonic function $u(x,y) = 1 - y + x/(x^2+y^2)$ on the upper half plane $y > 0$. What is the corresponding harmonic function on the first quadrant $x>0$, $y>0$, under the ...
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Evaluating a Limit with Generalized Harmonic Numbers.

Using WolframAlpha, I could informally come up with the following result: $$ \lim_{n \rightarrow \infty} \frac{H_n^{(-\frac{1}{2})}}{n\sqrt{n}} = \frac{2}{3} $$ Allowing me to infer that ...
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Question about the maximum principle for the Laplace's equation

Maximum principle for the Laplace's equation: $$\nabla^2 u= \Delta u=u_{xx}+u_{yy}$$ $$\Delta u=f(x,y) \text{ Poisson }$$ Problem with boundary values of the form Dirichlet: $$\left.\begin{matrix} ...
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Show Green's function solves Poisson's equation

I am reading Walter Strauss's book Introduction to PDE. The definition of Green's function is as follows: The Green's function $G(x)$ for the operator $-\Delta$ and the domain $D \subset ...
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Derivatives of the Green's Function

Consider the function $ g(x,y): \mathbb{R}^2 \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^2 $ defined as $$ g(x,y) = \log( x^2 + y^2) $$ We know that $ (\partial_x^2 + \partial_y^2) g(x,y) = -2 \pi \delta(x)\delta(y) $. ...
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Does a complex polynomial can be approximated by a Euler-type exponential function?

Can one uniformly approximate a complex polynomial with a Euler-type exponential function? I mean: let $E\subset\Bbb C$ be a compact set with the connected complement $\Omega:= \bar {\Bbb C}\setminus ...
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Harmonic Function With Step Function Boundary Data

Consider the Unit Disk. can we solve for a harmonic function in the unit disk such that: $\triangle u = 0 $ in D and $ u = f $ on $\partial D$ where $ f = 1$ for $|\theta| \leq \epsilon$ and $ |\theta ...
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Proof of strong maximum principle for harmonic functions

Let $u\in\mathscr C^2(U)\cap\mathscr C(\bar U)$ be harmonic in the non-empty open and connected set $U\subset\mathbb R^n$. If there exists a Point $x_0\in U$, so that $u$ has a local Maximum at $x_0$, ...
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How to get Fourier–Stieltjes transform on $\mathbb R$ from the nice function on $\mathbb T$ (periodic on $\mathbb R$)?

We put, $M(\mathbb R)= $The set of bounded complex Borel measure $\mu$ on $\mathbb R$ and for $\mu \in M(\mathbb R)$, we define $||\mu||:= |\mu| (\mathbb R) = \text {total variation of } \ \mu $; and ...
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Biharmonic boundary condition

I try to solve $$\Delta^2u=f$$ on unit square. with $f=4sin(\pi x)sin(\pi y)$ Using $v=-\Delta u,$ leads to $$v+\Delta u=0,$$ $$-\Delta v=f.$$ By Dirichlet boundary condition on $u$. What is ...
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What is the difference between these two kernel definitions?

I am reading my graft and the document of David Haussler about Convolution Kernels on Discrete Structures, UCSC-CRL-99-10. My graft and the other document The terminology seems to differ. The ...
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Find a function $f$ such that $f$ is harmonic on $D$ and $f|_{\partial D}$.

I understand its solutions in general. But my question is how to decide whether I sould take $Im z^4$ or $Re z^4$? I have two similar examples. And in one example, the real part is taken, but in ...
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Poisson Integral Formula

I'm looking at the following problem. Prove that if $h$ is harmonic on an open neighborhood of the disc $B(w,\rho)$, then for $0 \leq r < \rho, 0 \leq t < 2\pi$, $$h ...
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a version of the comparison lemma (harmonic functions)

I am trying to solve this exercise : Consider $U$ open , bounded set in $R^n$ with smooth boundary. Let $u \in C^2(U)$ a harmonic function. Suppose that for each $x \in \partial U $ there exists a ...
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How to prove a harmonic function to be smooth?

With the Green formula, we can divide a function into several potentials. Being harmonic, there should be two, double and single layer. With this, how to prove a harmonic to be smooth?
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Geometric Condition for Harmonic Function

Under what geometric condition on real harmonic functions u and v on a region G is the function uv also harmonic?