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English: Spherical harmonics in 3D.

Plot of the absolute value of the spherical harmonic of degree n=5, and orders m=5,4,3,2,1,0,-4,-5 When the spherical harmonic order m is zero, the spherical harmonic functions do not depend upon longitude, and are referred to as zonal. When , there are no zero crossings in latitude, and the functions are referred to as sectoral. For the other cases, the functions checker the sphere, and they are referred to as tesseral. Spherical harmonics of negative order have the same appearance, but much smaller amplitude and sign (-1)^m

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current13:36, 17 September 2010Thumbnail for version as of 13:36, 17 September 20101,243 × 2,791 (424 KB)Geek3error fixed: m=4 -> m=1
12:40, 1 August 2008Thumbnail for version as of 12:40, 1 August 20081,243 × 2,791 (565 KB)GeoemydaSpherical harmonics in 3D. Plot of the spherical harmonic of degree n=5, and orders m=5,4,3,2,1,0,-4,-5 When the spherical harmonic order m is zero, the spherical harmonic functions do not depend upon longitude, and are referred to as zonal. When l = | m
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