Plots of spherical harmonic functions of degree 1,2,3

Here are the plots of displacement fields due to spherical harmonics of degree 1, 2 and 3. Displacement is defined as    r D(z) At this plots z is the angle between the upward direction and the radius-vector of the point, a=0.3

Spherical harmonic functions of degree 1

Spherical harmonic functions of degree 2

Spherical harmonic functions of degree 3

Another example. Three plots are shown here:

  1. black -- orginal, underformed surface
  2. blue -- field of displacements D1(z) = 0.33 * cos z
  3. red -- the sphere shifted up at 0.33
Ths example demonstrates that the displacements of the degree-1 harmonic does change the shape of the surface: the red and blue curves are different. This transformation changes the distance between the points on the serface.

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