Suppose that is a continuous complex-valued function on a real interval

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Category Complex Analysis

# What is a harmonic function?

### Regularity theorem for harmonic functions

### Maximum principle

Suppose that is a continuous complex-valued function on a real interval

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Let $$\mathcal{H} = \lbrace u: \mathbb{D} \rightarrow [0,1] | u_{xx} + u_{yy} = 0 \rbrace.$$

When I first looked at this, my initial reaction was “that looks like that Laplace condition.” Its turns out there is a direct connection to Laplace equations and Harmonic functions.

A solution of Laplace’s equation is called a “harmonic function” (for reasons explained below). Since the Laplace equation is linear, the sum of two or more individual solutions is also a solution.

Harmonic functions are infinitely differentiable in open sets. In fact, harmonic functions are real analytic.

Harmonic functions satisfy the following *maximum principle*: if *K* is a nonempty compact subset of *U*, then *f* restricted to *K* attains its maximum and minimum on the boundary of *K*. If *U* is connected, this means that *f* cannot have local maxima or minima, other than the exceptional case where *f* is constant. Similar properties can be shown for subharmonic functions.