The potential of a measure that is concentrated on a certain surface. Two forms of a surface potential are used in handling major boundary value problems in potential theory: the simple-layer potential
produced by a measure distributed on a surface $S$ with density $\mu(y)$, $y\in S$; and the double-layer potential
produced by a measure distributed on $S$ with density $\nu(y)$. Physically, a simple-layer potential is interpreted as the potential of electrical charges with density $\mu(y)$, and a double-layer potential is the potential of dipoles with density $\nu(y)$ (see also Multi-pole potential).
|[a1]||O.D. Kellogg, "Foundations of potential theory" , Dover, reprint (1953) (Re-issue: Springer, 1967)|
Surface potential. Encyclopedia of Mathematics. URL: http://www.encyclopediaofmath.org/index.php?title=Surface_potential&oldid=33112