Elliptic Cylindrical Coordinates

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The elliptic cylindrical curvilinear coordinate system is one of the many coordinate systems that make the Laplace and Helmoltz differential equations separable. This system is used when simple boundary conditions on a segment in the - plane are specified, as in the computation of the electric field around an infinite rectangular conducting plate whose intersection with the - plane is the line segment with endpoints and .

Contributed by: Adriano Pascoletti (March 2011)
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The more opaque half of the hyperbolic cylinder has ; the other half has .

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