This simulator shows spherical harmonics plotted on a sphere. For each point of
spherical coordinates (q,j),
the corresponding value of the spherical harmonic Y(L,M) is plotted. In
real mode, the real quantity Y(L,M)+Y(L,-M) is plotted, in red
or blue depending on its sign. Note the analogy with a sine wave rolled
round the sphere. A spherical harmonic is the spherical equivalent of a
In complex mode, Y(L,M) is directly shown,
the phase being color coded.
The orientation of the sphere can be set
using the mouse.