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A Impossible Curl of a Vector Field

  1. Mar 21, 2017 #1
    Let's assume the vector field is NOT a gradient field.

    Are there any restrictions on what the curl of this vector field can be?

    If so, how can I determine a given curl of a vector field can NEVER be a particular vector function?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Mar 21, 2017 #2

    jedishrfu

    Staff: Mentor

    Can give us a context here or some example that you're looking at?
     
  4. Mar 21, 2017 #3
    No example in particular... but I guess I can come up with one.

    Here

    Curl of vector field F = <2x, 3yz, -xz^2>

    Is this possible??
     
  5. Mar 21, 2017 #4
    sure. if a vector field v is a curl of some another vector field then ##\mathrm{div}\,v=0## Locally the inverse is also true
     
  6. Mar 21, 2017 #5
    Well, is the above post #3 a possibility?
     
  7. Mar 21, 2017 #6
  8. Mar 30, 2017 #7
    Nvm. I got it.
     
  9. Mar 31, 2017 #8
    You can obtain some results concerning that question by examining the Fourier transforms. This approach suffers from the obvious shortcoming that not all functions have Fourier transforms, but anyway, it could be that Fourier transforms still give something.
     
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