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Potential theory concerns solutions of elliptic partial differential equations (especially Laplace's equation) that are represented by integration against a measure or a more general distribution.

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### Capacity vs measure of a set - intuitive understanding

There is a concept of measure of "largeness" of a set, called capacity. The intuition is, instead of physical largeness (measured by Hausdorff or Lebesgue measure), capacity measures how good a given ...
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### Potential theory: discrete-time Markov processes

Recently I've found lecture notes on "Analysis on Graphs" where the potential theory methods were used to study discrete-time, time-reversible Markov chains (i.e. the state space is countable). ...
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### Potential measure of the product of (independent $\alpha$-stable) subordinators

For a nondecreasing Levy process $\mathbf{X}$ with values in $[0,\infty)$ (i.e. a subordinator) Jean Bertoin defines the potential measure of $\mathbf{X}$ in his book "Levy processes" as follows (p. ...
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### Finding the Green Function of the upper half ball

Find the Green function of $\Omega:=\left\{x\in\mathbb{R}^n:\lVert x\rVert<R, x_n>0\right\}$ and show that the function you've found is indeed a Green function! You are allowed to use the Green ...
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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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### A finely open set, not open up to polar set?

Is there a (simple) example of a finely open set (i.e. w.r.t. the fine topology in potential theory) $O$ in $\mathbb R^n$, which is not open up to a polar set (i.e. zero capacity), i.e., there does ...
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### Riesz potential of a set and its complement

Let $F\subset [0,1]$ be a closed set, $G = [0,1]\setminus F$, $\alpha \in(1,2)$. Is there a simple condition on $F$ under which the integral $$\int_F\int_G \frac{dx\,dy}{|x-y|^{\alpha}}$$ is finite? ...
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### How does one find the coefficients in the solution to the Laplace equation?

I'm reading this. Equation (522) gives the general solution to the Laplace equation. What I'm stuck about, is how to determine the coefficients $a_m$, $\beta_m$, and $\theta_m$ for non-trivial ...
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### Electrostatic capacity of two spheres with changing radii

Although I have read a lot of questions and answers here, this is my first time actually posting. Feel free to suggest needed edits. My question is the following (in a simplified setting). All this ...
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### Harmonic functions in the upper half plane

It is a cautionary remark that is often made that solutions to the Dirichlet problem (with continuous boundary conditions) are not unique when the domain in question is the upper half plane. Yes, you ...
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### Newtonian potential for ellipsoid

Is there an explicit expression of the Newtonian potential for ellipsoid? As the expression for ball is clear by its symmetry. Definition of Newtonian potential of ellipsoid $\Omega$ at x is defined ...
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### Potentials and Markov Processes

Given a resistive electrical circuit $G$, i.e. a graph with nonzero weights attached to each edge whose reciprocal we call the "resistance," we can define a reversible markov chain on the graph, ...
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### Estimation (Newton potential)

Let $f$ be a $C^2$-function on $\mathbb{R}^n$ with compact support. Let $N$ be the Newtonpotential on $\mathbb{R}^n$ and $u:=N\star f$ (i.e. a solution of the potential equation $\Delta u=f$). ...
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### Inequality for harmonic extension : Is $\int_{t\in S^1} |t-\zeta|^{\alpha}p(z,t) |dt| \leq K|z-\zeta|^{\alpha}, 0< \alpha < 1$ for uniform $K$?

Let $\zeta\in S^1$(unit circle in the complex plane) and $z\in \mathbb{D}$. Fix $0< \alpha < 1$. Then, is the following true ? (Question 1) Let $p(z,t) = \frac{1}{2\pi}.\frac{1-|z|^2}{|z-t|^2}$ ...
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### Evaluate integral: $\int_{-1}^{1} \frac{\log|z-x|}{\pi\sqrt{1-x^2}}dx$

Show that $$\int_{-1}^{1} \frac{\log|z-x|}{\pi\sqrt{1-x^2}}dx = \log{\frac{|z+\sqrt{z^2-1}|}{2}},\quad z \in \mathbb{C}$$ How can I apply the Joukowski conformal map to this problem? Thanks.
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### Neumann boundary condition, spherical shell.

The velocity of a fluid $\mathbf{u}$ is assumed to have the velocity potential $\Phi$ such that $\mathbf{u}= \nabla \Phi$. The fluid is contained in a rigid shell, of radius $a$, which is moving with ...
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### How to describe scalar fields over graphs

I am trying to find the section the literature that dwells on the propagation of scalar fields over random graphs. Think of a network of ideal resistors for example, with a voltage source at a ...