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Laplacian Help

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I need to know the steps involved in solving this laplacian.

Ex(r,z) = Eo*e^[-(r/ro)^2]*e^[-ibz]

the laplacian \/^2*Eo = ?
Eo is a vector
\/ is laplacian symbol

any help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
 

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quasar987
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you probably meant \/^2*Ex, not \/^2*Eo.

Well, the problem is that there are polar and cartesian coordinates mixed up in the expression of Ex. So either transform r in cartesian and use the cartesian laplacian or transform z in polar and use the polar laplacian.
 
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No, that's in "cylindrical coordinates" which is perfectly fine- just use polar coordinates with z appended.

The Laplacian of Y in cylindrical coordinates is
[tex]\frac{\partial^2 Y}{\partial r^2}+ \frac{1}{r}\frac{\partial Y}{\partial r}+ \frac{1}{r^2}\frac{\partial^2 Y}{\partial \theta^2}+ \frac{\partial^2 Y}{\partial z^2}[/tex]
 
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