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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 2009, Article ID 232768, 12 pages
Research Article

Total Ponderomotive Force on an Extended Test Body

Institute of Computational Mathematics, Technical University of Braunschweig, Pockelsstr. 14, 38106 Braunschweig, Germany

Received 3 July 2009; Accepted 27 August 2009

Academic Editor: Vladislav Rustemovich Khalilov

Copyright © 2009 D. Langemann. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Droplets on insulating material suffer a nonvanishing total ponderomotive force because of the inhomogeneity of the surrounding electric field. A series expansion of this total force is proven in a two-dimensional setting by determining the line charge density at the boundary of the test body via a Fredholm integral equation, which is solved by Fourier techniques. The influence of electric charges in the neighborhood of the test body can be estimated as well as the convergence speed of the series expansion. In all realistic applications the series converges very fast. The numerical effort in the simulation of the motion of rainwater droplets on outdoor insulators reduces considerably.