Dipolar response of an ellipsoidal particle with an anisotropic coating

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In this paper we study the response of an ellipsoidal particle with a dielectrically anisotropic coating (the coating dielectric function being different parallel and perpendicular to the coating normal) placed in a constant external electric field. For the coating region we find that potential can be written in terms of solutions to a one-dimensional Heun's equation which is derived from the three-dimensional Gauss equation for the potential in ellipsoidal coordinates. We give solutions to Heun's equation in three forms: for the general case we obtain solutions in terms of a series expansion. For the case of spheroidal particles we write the solutions using hypergeometric functions. For large coating anisotropy we derive a simple form of the solution for the potential. The inside of the ellipsoid and the surroundings are assumed dielectrically isotropic and the potential is therefore given by standard results. By matching the solutions across the boundaries we obtain the ellipsoidal particle polarizability, which is written in terms of the standard depolarization factors and logarithmic derivatives of the Heun's equation solutions. The results above also allow us to obtain the magnetic polarizability of a coated ellipsoid in a constant external magnetic field.


Externa organisationer
  • Chalmers University of Technology
  • Göteborgs universitet
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

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Sidor (från-till)10651-10665
TidskriftJournal of Physics A: Mathematical and General
StatusPublished - 2003 okt 24
Peer review utfördJa
Externt publiceradJa