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In this section, the Fourier technique used in section 1 is expanced to the 2-dimensional grid. This method sets up an integral for this resistance between any two nodes, and a solution is found for the resistance across the diagonal of a single square (between nodes (0,0) and (1,1) in Figure 2.
where is the potential at grid node due to the current. The potential difference between nodes and , due to injected current, is .
Defining the 2-dimensional discrete-space Fourier transform pairs
In order for the above relation to hold for any set of (or, equivalently, ), the integrands must be equal.
Current sources of 1A at (0,0) and -1A at are written as
, which has a Fourier transform (by equation 28) of
The equivalent resistance between nodes (0,0) and (M,N) is the voltage between the nodes
This has ``simplified'' the resistance to a definite integral. The rest of this effort is just bending the integral to produce the number of interest.
As an aside, superposition can be more directly invoked to find the equivalent resistance between adjacent nodes, say (0,0) and (0,1), in Figure 2. If 1A is injected in node (0,0), by symmetry the current is evenly divided among the four connected resistors. This 0.25A current results in a 0.25V potential between nodes (0,0) and (1,1). Similarly, the -1A sink at node (0,1) draws current equally through each connected resistor, resulting in a 0.25V potential difference between nodes (0,0) and (0,1). Superposition has these acting in concert to produce a potential difference of 0.5V across that resistor, resulting in the equivalent resistance of . This is the same answer as obtained by evaluating equation 37 with either (M,N) = (0,1) or (1,0).
As another aside, it is straightforward to see the extension for N-dimensional case. If the N-dimensional nodes are represented by the coordinates
in lattice space and
in Fourier space, then the resistance separated by
The general solution is left for the student. The particular solution for (or, equivalently from equation 37, ) is given below.
37 with are shown. Since the denominator is even, and the limits are even, the odd parts of the numerator will not contribute to the integral. The odd parts of are , and that term can be discarded. Since the resulting integrand is even in both and , each integral evaluates to twice the value when the limits for each is changed to .
From any table of integrals (for example, the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 60th ed. #341 pg. A-69, using case #1 for which , with and ),
Evaluating this at the endpoints of the integration limits, note that and when . Then
Also, back to the integral tables (e.g. CRC #370 pg. A-72, with and ),
Combining these integration results in equation 40.
where the term integrated to 0. Changing variables to , then and the limits become and the Jacobian is
Equation 49 gets transformed to
The resistance across the diagonal of one square in an infinite grid of 1-Ohm resistors is .
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