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Poisson Equation for a Scalar Fieldby matteo86bo
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Mar712, 05:20 AM

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We all know that for the gravitational field we can write the Poisson Equation:
[itex]\nabla^2\phi=4\pi G\rho[/itex] But I was wondering if, mathematically, we can write the same equation for a scalar field which scale as [itex]r^{2}[/itex]. Here is the thing. When you deal with gravity, the Poisson equation is derived from the Gauss's law for gravity: [itex]\int_{\partial V}\dfrac{GM}{r^2}\cdot d\vec{S}=4\pi G M[/itex] Then we apply the Gauss's law and we get the differential form of the Poisson equation: [itex]\nabla\cdot\vec{f}=4\pi G\rho[/itex] My question is: suppose that we have a scalar field [itex]p=\dfrac{L}{4\pi r^2}[/itex] Can we make an analogy between this field and the gravitational force and write a Poisson equation for this field in the following form? [itex]\nabla\cdot \vec p=l[/itex] where [itex]L=\int l dV[/itex] My question might also be interpreted as: can we apply the Gauss's theorem to a scalar field? 


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