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### Covering the sphere with an approximately planar grid

Consider a triangulation of a radius $R$ sphere into $n$ triangles. Must $Ω(\sqrt n)$ triangles have $Ω(1)$ relative difference from being an equilateral triangle of area $4πR^2/n$?  ($Ω$ is from ...
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### Generalization of the half-angle formulas

The following is a generalization of the half-angle formulas presented in the following link for a triangle: http://www.nabla.hr/GE-AppTrigonomB1.htm Generalization. Let $a$, $b$, $c$, $d$ be the ...
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### Spherical harmonics, $\frak{sl}_2$, and algebra gradings

Let $S^2$ be the usual $2$-sphere considered as the quotient $S^3/S^1$, and denote by $\operatorname{Pol}(S^2)$ the algebra of polynomial functions on $S^2$. We can decompose $\operatorname{Pol}(S^2)$ ...
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### Spherical harmonic expansion of a power function

Let $f$ be an even continuous function on the sphere $S^{n-1}$. Find a relation of the spherical harmonic expansion between coefficients of $f^n$ and those of $f$.
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### References Request: A paper Tanno's equation

I need a paper which wrote by Tanno where he prove that a equations $f_{ijk} + k(2f_{k}g_{ij} + f_{i}g_{jk} + f_{j}g_{ik})$ can be solved if and only if on sphere. But I can not find it on Internet ...
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### Cauchy's arm lemma - spherical polygons

I've been looking into Cauchy's rigidity theorem and I don't see how could the induction in the arm lemma work as simple for spherical polygons, as for planar polygons. Do you have any suggestions? ...
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### Is there a nice orthogonal basis of spherical harmonics?

Recall that a function is harmonic if its Laplacian is zero. Let $\mathrm{Harm}(n,k)$ denote the vector space of $n$-variate harmonic polynomials that are homogeneous with degree $k$. When working ...
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### Is there a spherical analogue of polar duality for spherical complexes?

Let $P$ be a spherical complex, which essentially means a tiling of a sphere, let us say the $(d-1)$-dimensional sphere $\mathbb{S}^{d-1}$ in $\mathbb{R}^d$ to fix notation, where each cell is a ...
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### Maximal distance of $2d+1$ points on a sphere

If one arranges $2d$ points on the sphere $\mathbf S^{d-1}\subset\Bbb R^d$ as the vertices of the regular octahedron, then one can achieve a minimal spherical distance of $\pi/2$ between any two ...
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### Minimizing expected mutual distances in spherical regions

Suppose I take the unit sphere in $d$ dimensions, and I take some subset $A$ of the sphere of fixed relative volume $V$. Now from this set $A$ I draw two vectors, uniformly at random, and I look at ...
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### Maximizing $\iiint|(x-z)\times(y-z)|d\mu d\mu d\mu$ over probability measures on the unit sphere

This is a follow-up question to the one asked here (the unit circle case). What probability measure(s) maximize the quantity $\iiint_{\mathbb{S}^2}|(x-z)\times(y-z)|d\mu(x)d\mu(y)d\mu(z)$? The ...
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### Maximizing $\iiint|(x-z)\times(y-z)|d\mu d\mu d\mu$ over probability measures on the unit circle

What probability measure(s) maximize the quantity $\iiint_{\mathbb{S}^1}|(x-z)\times(y-z)|d\mu(x)d\mu(y)d\mu(z)$? The answer appears to be uniform measure, since informally it appears better to have ...
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### Maximum number of half great circles of length $\pi$ can be drawn on a sphere without any intersection

It is well-known that any two great circles intersects on a sphere. In fact, there are infinitely many half great circles can be drawn on a sphere with a common intersection. Intuitively, it seems to ...
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### Minimizing energy on $\mathbb{S}^2$ for absolutely monotonic type potentials

For potential functions $f:[-1,1]\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, satisfying that $f^{(k)}(t)\geq 0$, for $t\in(-1,1)$ and all $0\leq k \leq m$, and $f^{(m+1)}(t)<0$ for $t\in(-1,1)$, is it true that a ...
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### Integration on sphere $\mathbb{S}^{d-1}$ for $d$ large — Change of variables

I'm trying to integrate a function over two vectors which lie on the surface of the unit sphere in D dimensions. The function depends only on the difference between the two vectors, and their dot ...
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### Collections of points maximally spaced with respect to one another

The icosahedron and dodecahedron are well known to share symmetry groups. This partially accounts for the fact that one can form a type of compound of the two where each of the vertices in the ...
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### How to calculate all rays inside a sphere which are all equally angled from eachother

I am creating a 3D computer simulation and I want to build a sphere from rays coming from the center of the sphere. Imagine a sphere consisting of all dots/particles at the end of the rays. The dots ...
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### expectation of an exponential function over a unit sphere

Let $v=(v_1,\dotsc,v_n)$ be a vector with length in $\mathbb{R}^{n-1}$, uniformly distributed over a unit sphere. I want to show $E[\exp(\alpha_n v_1)] \sim \exp (\alpha_n^2/n)$ as $n->\infty.$ If ...
Let $S^{n-1}$ be the unit sphere in $n$ dimensional Euclidean space. Define the spherical cap at $x \in S^{n-1}$ with angle $\theta$ to be $C(x,\theta) = \{z \in S^{n-1} \mid z^\top x \geq \cos(\theta)... 1answer 101 views ### Union of random half spaces cover a ray Let$x, y \in \mathbb{R}^{n}$be two fixed unit vectors with angle$\alpha \in (\frac{\pi}{2}, \frac{3\pi}{4})$. Define the positive half space associated with a vector$z$to be$\mathcal{H}(z) = \{h ...
I'm interested if there is the explicit forms of basis functions in $L^2(S^n), n\geq 3$. For $n=1, n=2$ basis functions are well known: $\{e^{ik\phi}\}_{k\in\mathbb{Z}}$, \$\{p^{|m|}_n(\cos \gamma) e^...