# Laplacian vector field

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In vector calculus, a Laplacian vector field is a vector field which is both irrotational and incompressible. If the field is denoted as v, then it is described by the following differential equations:

[itex] \nabla \times \mathbf{v} = 0, [itex]
[itex] \nabla \cdot \mathbf{v} = 0. [itex]

Since the curl of v is zero, it follows that v can be expressed as the gradient of a scalar potential (see irrotational field) φ :

Then, since the divergence of v is also zero, it follows from equation (1) that

[itex] \nabla \cdot \nabla \mathbf{v} = 0 [itex]

which is equivalent to

[itex] \nabla^2 \phi = 0 [itex].

Therefore, the potential of a Laplacian field satisfies Laplace's equation.

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