Mathematical methods Lecture 26 of 34

November 8, 2012 by Multimedia Publications and Printing Services

Lecturer: K.S. Narain , ICTP

This lesson continues with the study of the Green's function and at the first step it was demonstrated that the necessary and sufficient condition for G(x,y) to exist is that there is not a trivial solution to the equation LxU(x)=0. To calculate the Green's function for a second order differential operator it was used the fact that the first derivative of the Step function H(x-y) is the Dirac delta function ?(x-y), then G(x,y) must be continuous at x=y, continuity condition, but its first derivative must behave like H(x-y) discontinuity condition and then its second derivative will be ?(x-y). On the other hand for x?y G(x,y) as a function of x must be the solution to the homogeneous equation. Finally by using a linear combination of the two possible solutionsĀ U1(x) and U2(x) to the homogeneous differential equation with coefficients that are function of y and using the previous conditions the green function G(x,y) is obtained and it was demonstrated that the solution is unique. Finally G(x,y) was obtained for some simples examples.

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