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Unformatted text preview: 17 Conformal Mapping We now go back to the “main road”, which leads from Chapter 12 (PDEs), via Chapters 13, 14 & 17, to Chapter 18 (Potential Theory in 2D). In this chapter, we interpret complex functions f : C → C as mappings from R 2 to R 2 , and thus consider a geometric approach to complex anal ysis. This new approach gives new insight on holomorphic functions; its importance is similar to the study of curves { ( x, f ( x )) ∈ R 2  x ∈ R } for real functions. Conformal mapping will also yield a standard method for solving bound ary value problems in twodimensional potantial theory, by transforming a complicated region into a simple one. 17.1 Geometry of Holomorphic Functions: Conformal Mapping We interpret a complex function f as a mapping of its domain of definition (in C ≃ R 2 ) onto its image (in C ≃ R 2 ): w = f ( z ) = u ( x, y ) + iv ( x, y ) , z = x + iy. (979) We shall refer to such a mapping as “the mapping w = f ( z )”, and we refer to the “ zplane” and the “ wplane” to distinguish between the spaces containing the domain and image of f . We use cartesian coordinates ( x, y ) and ( u, v ) or polar coordinates ( r, ϑ ) and ( R, ϕ ) to represent points in the z and wplanes, respectively. Example: The mapping w = z 2 . Using polar forms z = re iϑ in the zplane and w = Re iϕ in the wplane, we have w = z 2 = r 2 e 2 iϑ , and therefore R = r 2 , ϕ = 2 ϑ (cf. Section 13.2). Hence circles  z  = r = r in the zplane are mapped onto circles  w  = R = r 2 in the wplane and rays arg z = ϑ = ϑ in the zplane onto rays arg w = ϕ = 2 ϑ in the wplane. In Cartesian coordinates we have z = x + iy and u = Re w = Re( z 2 ) = x 2 y 2 , v = Im w = Im( z 2 ) = 2 xy. (980) Hence vertical lines x = c = const . in the zplane are mapped onto u = c 2 y 2 , v = 2 cy . So we obtain v 2 = 4 c 2 y 2 = 4 c 2 ( c 2 u ) , (981) 174 which defines for each c ∈ R a parabola in the wplane that opens to the left. Similarly, horizontal lines y = k = const . in the zplane are mapped onto parabolas in the wplane, v 2 = 4 k 2 ( k 2 + u ) , (982) which are parabolas opening to the right, for each k ∈ R . Conformal Mapping A mapping w = f ( z ) is called conformal if it pre serves angles between oriented curves, in magnitude as well as in sense. Theorem 34 The mapping w = f ( z ) by a holomorphic function f is con formal, except at critical points, that is, points at which the derivative of f vanishes....
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