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Laplacian structure mirroring surface topography in determining the gravity potential by successive approximations
Holota, Petr ; Nesvadba, Otakar

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Similarly as in other branches of engineering and mathematical physics, a transformation of coordinates is applied in treating the geodetic boundary value problem. It offers a possibility to use an alternative between the boundary complexity and the complexity of the coefficients of the partial differential equation governing the solution. In our case the Laplace operator has a relatively simple structure in terms of spherical or ellipsoidal coordinates which are frequently used in geodesy. However, the physical surface of the Earth and thus also the solution domain substantially differ from a sphere or an oblate ellipsoid of revolution, even if optimally fitted. The situation becomes more convenient in a system of general curvilinear coordinates such that the physical surface of the Earth is imbedded in the family of coordinate surfaces. Applying tensor calculus the Laplace operator is expressed in the new coordinates. However, its structure is more complicated in this case and in a sense it represents the topography of the physical surface of the Earth. The Green’s function method together with the method of successive approximations is used for the solution of the geodetic boundary value problem expressed in terms of the new coordinates. The structure of iteration steps is analyzed and if useful and possible, it is modified by means of integration by parts. Subsequently, the iteration steps and their convergence are discussed and interpreted, numerically as well as in terms of functional analysis.

Citation: HOLOTA, Petr a Otakar NESVADBA. Laplacian structure mirroring surface topography in determining the gravity potential by successive approximations. 2021. Dostupné také z:

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