Rotation of zonal spherical functions [closed]

asked 2019-11-16 10:16:56 -0500

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I tried to rotate zonal spherical function, projected onto spherical harmonic basis. Something goes wrong. Then I tried to rotate just one spherical harmonics zonal basis function and I also can't do it, except for band 0 (trivial case, because it is just a sphere) and for band 1.

sage: def spherical_point(phi, z, f):
          radius = f.subs(phi=phi, z=z)
          color = 'blue'
          if radius < 0:
              color = 'red'
              radius = -radius
          sine = sqrt(1 - z * z)
          return point3d((cos(phi) * sine * radius, sin(phi) * sine * radius, z * radius), color=color, size=1)
sage: var('z, phi', domain='real')
sage: step = 1.0 / 32
sage: band = 2; dir_phi = pi / 4; dir_theta = pi / 4
sage: sh = sum(spherical_harmonic(band, m, dir_theta, dir_phi).real() * spherical_harmonic(band, m, arccos(z), phi).real() * sqrt(4 * pi / (2 * band + 1)) for m in range(-band, band + 1))
sage: C = sum(spherical_point(phi, z, sh) for phi in [0..2*pi, step=2*pi*step] for z in [-1..1, step=step])
sage: C.show(apect_ratio=1, viewer='threejs', axes=True)

If dir_phi and dir_theta differs from zero, then I only see a deformed zonal spherical harmonics of the band band.

The only I can suspect is that spherical_harmonic are not normalized properly. Is it true?

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Closed for the following reason duplicate question by tmonteil
close date 2019-11-18 07:43:29.089457