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Azimuthal Symmetry

  1. Oct 25, 2014 #1
    Anyone can explain me what is the physical meaning of azimuthal symmetry?
    Based on the book, azimuthal symmetry means when m=0.
    However how can we determine that a system is azimuthal symmetry or not?
    Like for example, I have a two concentric spheres with radius a and b and hold at different potential.
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  3. Oct 25, 2014 #2


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    A system has azimuthal symmetry, if there exists an axis of rotation(usually called the z axis), such that if you rotate the system by an angle [itex] 0 \leq \phi \leq 2\pi [/itex] around that axis, it doesn't change.
  4. Oct 25, 2014 #3

    Meir Achuz

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    That system has spherical symmetry, which includes axial symmetry.
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