# Integral representation of an analytic function

The representation of an analytic function by an integral depending on a parameter. Integral representations of analytic functions arose in the early stages of development of function theory and mathematical analysis in general as a suitable apparatus for the explicit representation of analytic solutions of differential equations, for the investigation of the asymptotics of these solutions and for their analytic continuation. Somewhat later integral representations of analytic functions found application in the solution of boundary value problems of analytic function theory and singular integral equations (cf. Singular integral equation), in the study of interior and boundary properties of analytic functions of various classes, as well as in the solution of other problems of mathematical analysis. In the process of development of function theory, the study of properties of the most important individual integral representations of analytic functions established an independent chapter in function theory (see, for example, Cauchy integral; Poisson integral; Schwarz integral).

A wide class of integral representations of analytic functions, used for obtaining and studying analytic solutions of differential equations, can be described by the general formula

(1) |

where is the kernel of the integral representation, is its density and is a contour (or system of contours) in the complex plane in which both variables and vary. An appropriate and, as far as possible, simplest solution of the three interrelated questions on the choice of the kernel , the density and the contour for the representation of a given function (or given class of functions) is the determining factor from the point of view of the successful application of the method of integral representations of analytic functions. In turn, the properties of the representation (1) depend essentially on whether the kernel is an entire function of the complex variables , or whether it is singular, that is, has some singularities. In general, the kernel of an integral representation of an analytic function does not have to be an analytic function of the variables ; the analyticity of may be ensured by specific properties of the density. Nor is it necessary, in general, that formula (1) be a formula with a single integration; there are types of integral representations of analytic functions in which iterated integrals are used.

The general scheme for obtaining integral representations of special functions that are solutions of certain ordinary differential equations reduces in the main to the following. By an appropriate choice of the kernel , most often non-singular, the following formula for the action of the operator should hold:

(2) |

that is, the kernel must, in turn, as far as possible satisfy a simple partial differential equation , thus allowing successive integration by parts with the aim of recovering the original form of the kernel and a transfer to the action of the adjoint operator thus obtained on the density . Having obtained a formula of the type (2), one selects a fairly simple density satisfying the adjoint equation , and a contour guaranteeing that the term vanishes. Here one must bear in mind that the choice of the contour determines a particular solution of the original equation . The following kernels are used most often:

sometimes called the Laplace–Fourier kernel, the Mellin kernel and the Euler kernel, respectively. Various changes of variables lead to modified forms of the kernels. In the form written above, integral representations of analytic functions are closely related with the method of integral transforms (cf. Integral transform).

In this way, for example, a well-known integral representation of the Bessel functions is obtained:

(3) |

where the contour takes the form of a figure eight containing the points and . The representation (3) is distinctive in that, on the one hand, its density is considerably simpler than the transcendental functions being represented, and on the other hand it enables one to survey fairly simply the properties of the functions , in particular, to study their asymptotics.

An appropriate modification of the contour enables one to obtain analytic continuations, in other words, to obtain integral representations that can be used throughout the entire domain of existence. For example, the Euler integral of the second kind,

represents the gamma-function for , and if the contour of integration is taken to be a loop (Fig. a), then one obtains the integral representation

which holds for all except for the points at which has simple poles.

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Similarly, there is an analytic continuation of the Euler integral of the first kind,

expressing the beta-function for . It is obtained by going over a contour in the form of a double loop (Fig. b).

One has studied integral representations of special functions (see [1], [2]) as well as integral representations of very wide classes of functions, in connection with integral transforms [7].

Of universal character in the theory of analytic functions is the singular Cauchy kernel

and the corresponding integral representation, the Cauchy integral

(4) |

This integral representation expresses the values of a single-valued analytic function in a domain bounded by a simple closed contour (or a system of such contours), for example, in the case when the function is continuous in the closed domain ; in the complementary domain , , the integral on the right-hand side of (4) vanishes identically. The fundamental role of the representation (4) in the theory of analytic functions is due to the fact that the Cauchy integral is the convolution of with the fundamental solution of the Cauchy–Riemann operator

Therefore all the fundamental properties of the analytic function can be obtained from the representation (4). From the point of view of general properties of integral representations of analytic functions, the Cauchy integral is distinguished by the especially simple structure of the kernel and by the fact that the density coincides with the values of the represented function on the contour . This last property remains true if under the integral sign in (4), the Cauchy kernel is replaced by any function that is a single-valued analytic function in in a closed domain and has a simple pole at the point with residue 1. The Cauchy kernel is the simplest of such functions , but the above method of choosing the kernel in the Cauchy integral is often used in the solution of boundary value problems.

The fact that the density coincides with the boundary value of the analytic function is in essence merely a form of expressing the property of analyticity. In using the integral representation (4) with an a priori arbitrarily given density , an integral of Cauchy type is obtained in which the relationship between the density and the boundary values is expressed in a considerably more complex way in terms of a singular integral over the contour .

In boundary value problems of analytic function theory the role of Cauchy-type integrals and their modifications is exceptionally important for the solution of singular integral equations (see [5], [6]).

In studying the interior and boundary properties of analytic functions of various classes, more general integral representations of analytic functions than (1) are used, in the form of integrals depending on a parameter,

(5) |

with respect to a Borel boundary measure which is in general complex, concentrated on the contour bounding and can be expressed by some procedure or other in terms of the function being represented.

For example, all functions that are regular in the unit disc and have positive real part, , can be characterized by their representation in the Herglotz formula

the idea of which essentially goes back to the Schwarz integral. Here is an arbitrary positive measure concentrated on the circle . In the theory of univalent functions, a wide variety of other integral representations of analytic functions of type (5) find important applications; they are also known under the name of parametric representations or structural formulas (cf. Parametric representation of univalent functions). Thus, for the class of typically-real functions in the disc (that is, functions for which for and for ) a typical representation is

where is an arbitrary measure concentrated on the circle and normalized by the condition . One also often uses a modification of the representation (5) in the form

where is a specially chosen function, as simple as possible, for example .

By regarding the measure as a functional, the representation (5) can be interpreted as the value of the functional on the kernel . Consequently, a development of the method of integral representations of analytic functions is the analytic representation of generalized functions as the value of on the kernel :

(6) |

Here, in the complement of the support of the function is analytic (the kernel is assumed to be analytic in for ). Representations of the form (6) find important applications in mathematical physics (see [10], [11]).

In the theory of analytic functions of several complex variables , , integral representations in their simplest form can be expressed by a general formula:

(7) |

where is a density, somehow related to , is a differential form in the variables , , whose coefficients depend on the parameters , , and the integration is carried out over the entire boundary of the domain of definition of or over some part of it. Representations in the form of a linear combination of integrals of the type (7) have also been used. For example, a function holomorphic in a polydisc-type domain and continuous in the closure is representable throughout by a Cauchy integral:

where the differential form has a very simple form:

and the integration is carried out over the skeleton of (see Bergman–Weil representation; Leray formula; Bochner–Martinelli representation formula, and also [8], [9]).

As in the case of a single complex variable, the further development of integral representations (7) are representations of the form:

or

expressing the analytic function in some domain in the form of the value of a functional on the kernel or on the kernel-form . Here is interpreted, respectively, as a generalized function on a definite function space or as a current on a definite space of differential forms.

#### References

[1] | V.I. Smirnov, "A course of higher mathematics" , 2 , Addison-Wesley (1964) (Translated from Russian) |

[2] | A. Kratzer, W. Franz, "Transzendente Funktionen" , Akademie Verlag (1960) |

[3] | I.I. [I.I. Privalov] Priwalow, "Randeigenschaften analytischer Funktionen" , Deutsch. Verlag Wissenschaft. (1956) (Translated from Russian) |

[4] | G.M. Goluzin, "Geometric theory of functions of a complex variable" , Transl. Math. Monogr. , 26 , Amer. Math. Soc. (1969) (Translated from Russian) |

[5] | N.I. Muskhelishvili, "Singular integral equations" , Wolters-Noordhoff (1972) (Translated from Russian) |

[6] | F.D. Gakhov, "Boundary value problems" , Pergamon (1966) (Translated from Russian) |

[7] | M.M. Dzhrbashyan, "Integral transforms and representation of functions in the complex domain" , Moscow (1966) (In Russian) |

[8] | V.S. Vladimirov, "Methods of the theory of functions of several complex variables" , M.I.T. (1966) (Translated from Russian) |

[9] | B.V. Shabat, "Introduction of complex analysis" , 1–2 , Moscow (1976) (In Russian) |

[10] | H. Bremermann, "Distributions, complex variables and Fourier transforms" , Addison-Wesley (1965) |

[11] | V.S. Vladimirov, "Generalized functions in mathematical physics" , MIR (1977) (Translated from Russian) |

#### Comments

The theory of integral representations of functions of several complex variables is in rapid development, cf. [a1]–[a3].

See also Kernel function; Bergman kernel function (and [a4]).

For one-variable theory see, e.g., [a5], [a6].

The consideration of generalized functions as (generalized) boundary values of analytic functions has led to the notion of a hyperfunction.

#### References

[a1] | G.M. [G.M. Khenkin] Henkin, J. Leiterer, "Theory of functions on complex manifolds" , Birkhäuser (1984) |

[a2] | R.M. Range, "Holomorphic functions and integral representation in several complex variables" , Springer (1986) |

[a3] | S.G. Krantz, "Function theory of several complex variables" , Wiley (1982) |

[a4] | S. Bergman, "The kernel function and conformal mapping" , Amer. Math. Soc. (1950) |

[a5] | C. Carathéodory, "Theory of functions of a complex variable" , Chelsea, reprint (1954) (Translated from German) |

[a6] | L.V. Ahlfors, "Complex analysis" , McGraw-Hill (1978) |

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