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Intersection of 2 spheres

  1. Nov 25, 2011 #1
    Hello,
    I am calculating some integrals in 3 dimensions. However, the difficulties of such integrals lie in the determination of the boundaries of the variables integrated over.

    [itex]\int_{C} d^{3}\vec{t}[/itex] e[itex]^{-\vec{s}.\vec{t}}[/itex]
    For example, if we consider (C) as the region of the intersection of 2 spheres:
    C=|[itex]\vec{s}[/itex]-[itex]\vec{t}[/itex]|<1 and |[itex]\vec{s}[/itex]+[itex]\vec{t}[/itex]|<1
    I want to solve these set of inequalities for fixed [itex]\vec{s}[/itex], using spherical coordinates.
    i.e. determine the interval over |[itex]\vec{t}[/itex]|, [itex]\phi[/itex] and [itex]\vartheta[/itex]=angle([itex]\vec{s}[/itex],[itex]\vec{t}[/itex])

    Does anyone have a strategy to deal with such inequalities?

    Thanks in advance.[itex]^{}[/itex]
     
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  3. Dec 2, 2011 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    Use cylindrical-polar coordinates with the z axis perpendicular to the plane of intersection.
    You can treat it as a volume of rotation.
     
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