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Perturbation to free surface in bispherical coordinates

  1. Nov 30, 2011 #1
    Hi there!

    I'm working on a physics problem where there is a liquid droplet (not necessarily spherical) on a plane. Transforming from cylindrical coordinates to bispherical:

    [tex](r,\phi,z)\mapsto (\xi,\eta,\varphi;a)[/tex]

    such that

    [tex]r={\frac {a\sin \left( \eta \right) }{\cosh
    \left( \eta \right) +\cos \left( \xi \right) }};\phantom{space}z={\frac {a\sinh \left( \xi \right) }{\cosh \left( \eta \right) +\cos
    \left( \xi \right) }}; \phantom{space}\phi=\varphi[/tex]

    thus the [itex]z-[/itex]axis is given by [itex]\eta=0[/itex], the contact curve is [itex]\eta=\infty[/itex] and the base of the drop is [itex]\xi=0[/itex]. The spherical cap free surface is then described by [itex]\xi=\alpha[/itex].

    I'm looking to describe deformations to the sphere's surface in this coordinate system: has anyone tried to describe surfaces other than planes, spheres, apples or lemons? Or, can someone point out why this would be a bad choice of coordinate system to perform deformations to free surfaces in?

    Last edited: Nov 30, 2011
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