Create a 2D complex map from a set of complex spherical harmonic coefficients that conforms with Driscoll and Healy’s (1994) sampling theorem.


griddh = MakeGridDHC (cilm, [lmax, norm, sampling, csphase, lmax_calc])


griddh : complex, dimension (2*lmax+2, 2*lmax+2) or (2*lmax+2, 4*lmax+4)
A 2D equally sampled (n by n, default), or equally spaced (n by 2n) complex map of the input complex spherical harmonic coefficients cilm that conforms to the sampling theorem of Driscoll and Healy (1994). The first latitudinal band corresponds to 90 N, the latitudinal band for 90 S is not included, and the latitudinal sampling interval is 180/n degrees, where n is 2*lmax+2. The first longitudinal band is 0 E, the longitudinal band for 360 E is not included, and the longitudinal sampling interval is 360/n for an equally sampled and 180/n for an equally spaced grid, respectively.


cilm : complex, dimension (2, lmaxin+1, lmaxin+1)
The complex spherical harmonic coefficients of the function. The first index specifies the coefficient corresponding to the positive and negative order of m, respectively, with Clm=cilm[0,l,m] and Cl,-m=cilm[1,l,m)].
lmax : optional, integer, default = lmaxin
The maximum spherical harmonic degree of the function. This determines the number of samples n.
norm : optional, integer, default = 1
1 (default) = Geodesy 4-pi normalized harmonics; 2 = Schmidt semi-normalized harmonics; 3 = unnormalized harmonics; 4 = orthonormal harmonics.
sampling : optional, integer, default = 1
If 1 (default) the input grid is equally sampled (n by n). If 2, the grid is equally spaced (n by 2n).
csphase : optional, integer, default = 1
1 (default) = do not apply the Condon-Shortley phase factor to the associated Legendre functions; -1 = append the Condon-Shortley phase factor of (-1)^m to the associated Legendre functions.
lmax_calc : optional, integer, default = lmax
The maximum spherical harmonic degree used in evaluating the function. This must be less than or equal to lmax.


MakeGridDHC will create a 2-dimensional complex map equally sampled (n by n) or equally spaced (n by 2n) in latitude and longitude from a set of input complex spherical harmonic coefficients, where N is 2lmax+2. This grid conforms with the sampling theorem of Driscoll and Healy (1994) and this routine is the inverse of SHExpandDHC. The function is evaluated at each longitudinal band by inverse Fourier transforming the exponential terms for each degree l, and then summing over all degrees. When evaluating the function, the maximum spherical harmonic degree that is considered is the minimum of lmax, the size of cilm-1, or lmax_calc (if specified).

The default is to use an input grid that is equally sampled (n by n), but this can be changed to use an equally spaced grid (n by 2n) by the optional argument sampling. The employed spherical harmonic normalization and Condon-Shortley phase convention can be set by the optional arguments norm and csphase; if not set, the default is to use geodesy 4-pi normalized harmonics that exclude the Condon-Shortley phase of (-1)^m.

The normalized legendre functions are calculated using the scaling algorithm of Holmes and Featherstone (2002), which are accurate to about degree 2800. In contrast, the unnormalized functions are accurate only to about degree 15.


Driscoll, J.R. and D.M. Healy, Computing Fourier transforms and convolutions on the 2-sphere, Adv. Appl. Math., 15, 202-250, 1994.

Holmes, S. A., and W. E. Featherstone, A unified approach to the Clenshaw summation and the recursive computation of very high degree and order normalised associated Legendre functions, J. Geodesy, 76, 279-299, 2002.

See also

shexpanddhc, makegriddh, shexpanddh, makegridglq, shexpandglq, makegridglqc, shexpandglqc, shexpandlsq

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