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Spherical Harmonics
Spherical harmonics give the angular part of the solution to Laplace's equation in spherical coordinates. They arise in many practical situations, notably atomic orbitals, particle scattering processes and antenna radiation patterns.
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In physical settings, the degree
is normally called the
orbital quantum number
and the order
the
magnetic quantum number
.
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