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Potential inside a grounded conducting sphere

  1. Oct 20, 2015 #1
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    Hi, I'm currently answering a problem in Jackson's electrodynamics. The question is:
    Given a point charge q inside a hollow. grounded, conducting sphere of inner radius a. Find the potential inside.

    This can be solved by placing an image charge outside the sphere, and placing q a distance say, r from the center. I'm just wondering, what if the charge is exactly at the center of the sphere? What changes in the solution would happen?

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    3. The attempt at a solution
     
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  3. Oct 20, 2015 #2

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    Well, what happens to the image charge if q approaches the center ?
     
  4. Oct 20, 2015 #3
    The image charge approaches infinity. But how will I modify the solution?
     
  5. Oct 20, 2015 #4
    How is the Green function to be used here? I think this is a possible way but I'm not sure.
     
  6. Oct 20, 2015 #5

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    Very good. Now imagine q is distributed over 100 little charges that are evenly distributed on a small spherical shell around the center. That gives 100 image charges evenly distributed very far away, right ?

    See where I am going ?

    I'm not much good with these (very useful) functions, so I try to wiggle around them :smile:
     
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