# Poisson problem with Python

In this example we access lower-level Basilisk functions from Python.

As in the 2D turbulence example, we import matplotlib, numpy and the stream Basilisk module. We also use math functions.

``````import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np
import stream as bas
from math import *``````

We initialise the ${256}^{2}$ regular grid.

``````N = 256
bas.init_grid(N)``````

We allocate two new scalar fields a and b.

``````a = bas.scalar()
b = bas.scalar()``````

And initialize them with simple arithmetic functions.

``````a.f = lambda x,y: 0.
b.f = lambda x,y: sin(2.*pi*x)*cos(2.*pi*y)``````

We then call the multigrid Poisson solver to solve ${\nabla }^{2}a=b$

``bas.poisson(a,b)``

And use matplotlib to display the solution.

``````x = np.linspace(0, 1, N)
y = np.linspace(0, 1, N)
X,Y = np.meshgrid(x,y)
plt.imshow(a.f(X,Y))
plt.show()``````

Note that we could reuse the same stream.py module because the streamfunction–vorticity solver (which we don’t use in this example) also exports the interface for the Poisson solver (which we do use in this example).