Rouché theorem

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Let $f(z)$ and $g(z)$ be regular analytic functions (cf. Analytic function) of a complex variable $z$ in a domain $D$, let a simple closed piecewise-smooth curve $\Gamma$ together with the domain $G$ bounded by it belong to $D$ and let everywhere on $\Gamma$ the inequality $|f(z)|>|g(z)|$ be valid; then in the domain $G$ the sum $f(z)+g(z)$ has the same number of zeros as $f(z)$.

This theorem was obtained by E. Rouché [1]. It is a corollary of the principle of the argument (cf. Argument, principle of the) and it implies the fundamental theorem of algebra for polynomials.

A generalization of Rouché's theorem for multi-dimensional holomorphic mappings is also valid, for example, in the following form. Let $f(z)=(f_1(z),\dotsc,f_n(z))$ and $g(z)=(g_1(z),\dotsc,g_n(z))$ be holomorphic mappings (cf. Analytic mapping) of a domain $D$ of the complex space $\mathbf C^n$ into $\mathbf C^n$, $n\geq1$, with isolated zeros, let a smooth surface $\Gamma$ homeomorphic to the sphere belong to $D$ together with the domain $G$ bounded by it and let the following inequality hold on $\Gamma$:


Then the mapping $f(z)+g(z)$ has in $G$ the same number of zeros as $f(z)$.


[1] E. Rouché, J. Ecole Polytechn. , 21 (1858)
[2] A.I. Markushevich, "Theory of functions of a complex variable" , 1 , Chelsea (1977) (Translated from Russian)
[3] B.V. Shabat, "Introduction of complex analysis" , 1–2 , Moscow (1976) (In Russian)


There is a symmetric form of Rouché's theorem, which says that if $f(z)$ and $g(z)$ are analytic and satisfy the inequality $|f(z)+g(z)|<|f(z)|+|g(z)|$ on $\Gamma$, then $f(z)$ and $g(z)$ have the same number of zeros inside $\Gamma$. See [a2][a3] for generalizations of Rouché's theorem in one variable; see [a1] for the case of several variables.


[a1] L.A. Aizenberg, A.P. Yuzhakov, "Integral representations and residues in multidimensional complex analysis" , Transl. Math. Monogr. , 58 , Amer. Math. Soc. (1983) (Translated from Russian)
[a2] R.B. Burchel, "An introduction to classical complex analysis" , 1 , Acad. Press (1979)
[a3] J.B. Conway, "Functions of one complex variable" , Springer (1978)
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This article was adapted from an original article by E.D. Solomentsev (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article