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potential field

1. n. [Geophysics]

A field that satisfies the Laplace equation. The Laplace equation is equivalent in three dimensions to the inverse square law of gravitational or electrical attraction (in source-free regions; in regions with sources, it becomes Poisson's equation). Examples of potential fields include the field of the gravity potential and static electric and magnetic fields.

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