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12.540 Principles of the Global Positioning System Lecture 03 Prof. Thomas Herring Room 54-820A; 253-5941

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1 Principles of the Global Positioning System Lecture 03 Prof. Thomas Herring Room A;

2 02/10/ Lec 032 Review In last lecture we looked at conventional methods of measuring coordinates Triangulation, trilateration, and leveling Astronomic measurements using external bodies Gravity field enters in these determinations

3 02/10/ Lec 033 Gravitational potential In spherical coordinates: need to solve This is Laplace’s equation in spherical coordinates

4 02/10/ Lec 034 Solution to gravity potential The homogeneous form of this equation is a “classic” partial differential equation. In spherical coordinates solved by separation of variables, r=radius, =longitude and  =co-latitude

5 02/10/ Lec 035 Solution in spherical coordinates The radial dependence of form r n or r -n depending on whether inside or outside body. N is an integer Longitude dependence is sin(m ) and cos(m ) where m is an integer The colatitude dependence is more difficult to solve

6 02/10/ Lec 036 Colatitude dependence Solution for colatitude function generates Legendre polynomials and associated functions. The polynomials occur when m=0 in dependence. t=cos(  )

7 02/10/ Lec 037 Legendre Functions Low order functions. Arbitrary n values are generated by recursive algorithms

8 02/10/ Lec 038 Associated Legendre Functions The associated functions satisfy the following equation The formula for the polynomials, Rodriques’ formula, can be substituted

9 02/10/ Lec 039 Associated functions Pnm(t): n is called degree; m is order m 0

10 02/10/ Lec 0310 Orthogonality conditions The Legendre polynomials and functions are orthogonal:

11 02/10/ Lec 0311 Examples from Matlab Matlab/Harmonics.m is a small matlab program to plots the associated functions and polynomialsMatlab/Harmonics.m Uses Matlab function: Legendre

12 02/10/1002/17/ Lec 0312 Polynomials

13 02/10/1002/17/ Lec 0313 “Sectoral Harmonics” m=n

14 02/10/1002/17/ Lec 0314 Normalized

15 02/10/ Lec 0315 Surface harmonics To represent field on surface of sphere; surface harmonics are often used Be cautious of normalization. This is only one of many normalizations Complex notation simple way of writing cos(m ) and sin(m )

16 02/10/1002/17/ Lec 0316 Surface harmonics Zonal ---- Tesserals Sectorials

17 02/10/ Lec 0317 Gravitational potential The gravitational potential is given by: Where  is density, G is Gravitational constant x m 3 kg -1 s -2 (N m 2 kg -2 ) r is distance The gradient of the potential is the gravitational acceleration

18 02/10/ Lec 0318 Spherical Harmonic Expansion The Gravitational potential can be written as a series expansion Cnm and Snm are called Stokes coefficients

19 02/10/ Lec 0319 Stokes coefficients The Cnm and Snm for the Earth’s potential field can be obtained in a variety of ways. One fundamental way is that 1/r expands as: Where d’ is the distance to dM and d is the distance to the external point,  is the angle between the two vectors (figure next slide)

20 02/10/ Lec /r expansion Pn(cos  ) can be expanded in associated functions as function of ,

21 02/10/10 Computing Stoke coefficients Substituting the expression for 1/r and converting  to co-latitude and longitude dependence yields: Lec 0321 The integral and summation can be reversed yielding integrals for the Cnm and Snm Stokes coefficients.

22 02/10/10 Low degree Stokes coefficients By substituting into the previous equation we obtain: Lec 03

23 02/10/10 Moments of Inertia Equation for moments of inertia are: The diagonal elements in increasing magnitude are often labeled A B and C with A and B very close in value (sometimes simply A and C are used) Lec 03

24 02/10/10 Relationship between moments of inertia and Stokes coefficients With a little bit of algebra it is easy to show that: Lec 03

25 02/10/ Lec 0325 Spherical harmonics The Stokes coefficients can be written as volume integrals C 00 = 1 if mass is correct C 10, C 11, S 11 = 0 if origin at center of mass C 21 and S 21 = 0 if Z-axis along maximum moment of inertia

26 02/10/ Lec 0326 Global coordinate systems If the gravity field is expanded in spherical harmonics then the coordinate system can be realized by adopting a frame in which certain Stokes coefficients are zero. What about before gravity field was well known?

27 02/10/ Lec 0327 Summary Examined the spherical harmonic expansion of the Earth’s potential field. Low order harmonic coefficients set the coordinate. –Degree 1 = 0, Center of mass system; –Degree 2 give moments of inertia and the orientation can be set from the directions of the maximum (and minimum) moments of inertia. (Again these coefficients are computed in one frame and the coefficients tell us how to transform into frame with specific definition.) Not actually done in practice. Next we look in more detail into how coordinate systems are actually realized.


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