The theory of functions of one complex variable with an emphasis on the theory of complex analytic (or holomorphic) functions of one complex variable. Typical topics include: Cauchy's integral formula, singularities, poles, meromorphic functions, Laurent and Taylor series, maximum modulus principle, ...

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Why does $1+2+3+\cdots = -\frac{1}{12}$?

$\displaystyle\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{n^s}$ only converges to $\zeta(s)$ if $\text{Re}(s) > 1$. Why should analytically continuing to $\zeta(-1)$ give the right answer?
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Solving the integral $\int_{0}^{\infty} \frac{\sin{x}}{x} \ dx = \frac{\pi}{2}$?

A famous exercise which one encounters while doing Complex Analysis (Residue theory) is to prove that the given integral: $$\int_{0}^{\infty} \frac{\sin{x}}{x} \, dx = \frac{\pi}{2}$$ Well, can ...
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How to prove Euler's formula: $e^{it}=\cos t +i\sin t$?

Could you provide a proof of Euler's formula: $e^{it}=\cos t +i\sin t$ ? thanks.
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Determine and classify all singular points

Determine and find residues for all singular points $z\in \mathbb{C}$ for (i) $\frac{1}{z\sin(2z)}$ (ii) $\frac{1}{1-e^{-z}}$ Note: I have worked out (i), but (ii) seems still not easy.
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entire 1-1 function

Can we prove that given an entire function $f$ that is also one to one then $f$ must be linear? Thanks for any help.
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Definite integral calculation with poles at 0 and $\pm i\sqrt{3}$

$$\int_0^\infty \frac{\sin(2\pi x)}{x(x^{2}+3)}$$ I looked at $\frac{e^{2\pi i z}}{z^{3}+3z}$, also calculated the residues, but they don't get me the right answer. I used that $\int_{-\infty}^\infty ...
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$\int_{-\infty}^{+\infty} e^{-x^2} dx$ with complex analysis

Inspired by this recently closed question, I'm curious whether there's a way to do the Gaussian integral using techniques in complex analysis such as contour integrals. I am aware of the calculation ...
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Proving $\sum\limits_{k=0}^{n}\cos(kx)=\frac{1}{2}+\frac{\sin(\frac{2n+1}{2}x)}{2\sin(x/2)}$

I am being asked to prove that $$\sum\limits_{k=0}^{n}\cos(kx)=\frac{1}{2}+\frac{\sin(\frac{2n+1}{2}x)}{2\sin(x/2)}$$ I have some progress made, but I am stuck and could use some help. What I did: ...
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What is a good complex analysis textbook?

I'm out of college, and trying to learn complex analysis on my own. I took out Ahlfors' text from the library, but I'm finding it difficult. Any textbook recommendations? I'm probably at an ...
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“Where” exactly are complex numbers used “in the real world”?

I've always enjoyed solving problems in the complex numbers during my undergrad. However, I've always wondered where are they used and for what? In my domain (computer science) I've rarely seen it be ...
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Evaluating $\int_0^{\infty}\frac{\ln(x^2+1)}{x^2+1}dx$

How would I go about evaluating this integral? $$\int_0^{\infty}\frac{\ln(x^2+1)}{x^2+1}dx.$$ What I've tried so far: I tried a semicircular integral in the positive imaginary part of the complex ...
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Entire function bounded by a polynomial is a polynomial

Suppose that an entire function $f(z)$ satisfies $\left|f(z)\right|\leq k\left|z\right|^n$ for sufficiently large $\left|z\right|$, where $n\in\mathbb{Z^+}$ and $k>0$ is constant. Show that $f$ is ...
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Which sets are removable for holomorphic functions?

Let $\Omega$ be a domain in $\mathbb C$, and let $\mathscr X$ be some class of functions from $\Omega$ to $\mathbb C$. A set $E\subset \Omega$ is called removable for holomorphic functions of class ...
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Property of Entire Functions

Suppose $f$ and $g$ are entire functions with $|f(z)|\leq|g(z)|$ for all $z$. How can we show that $f=cg$ for some complex constant $c$? Thanks for any help :)
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Zeta function zeros and analytic continuation

I'm learning about the zeta function and already discovered the intuitive proof of the Euler product and the Basel problem proof. I want to learn how to calculate the first zero of the Riemman Zeta ...
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About the limit of the coefficient ratio for a power series over complex numbers

This is my first question in mathSE, hope that it is suitable here! I'm currently self-studying complex analysis using the book by Stein & Shakarchi, and this is one of the exercises (p.67, Q14) ...
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Prove if $|z| < 1$ and $ |w| < 1$, then $|1-zw^*| \neq 0$ and $| {{z-w} \over {1-zw^*}}| < 1$

Prove if $|z| < 1$ and $ |w| < 1$, then $|1-zw^*| \neq 0$ and $| {{z-w} \over {1-zw^*}}| < 1$Given that $|1-zw^*|^2 - |z-w|^2 = (1-|z|^2)(1-|w|^2)$I think the first part can be proven by ...
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Evaluate: $\int_0^{\pi} \ln \left( \sin \theta \right) d\theta$

Evaluate: $ \displaystyle \int_0^{\pi} \ln \left( \sin \theta \right) d\theta$ using Gauss Mean Value theorem. Given hint: consider $f(z) = \ln ( 1 +z)$. EDIT:: I know how to evaluate it, but I am ...
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A sine integral $\int_0^{\infty} \left(\frac{\sin x }{x }\right)^n\,\mathrm{d}x$

The following question comes from Some integral with sine post $$\int_0^{\infty} \left(\frac{\sin x }{x }\right)^n\,\mathrm{d}x$$ but now I'd be curious to know how to deal with it by methods of ...
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Closed form for $\sum_{n=-\infty}^{\infty}\frac{1}{(n-a)^2+b^2}$.

What is the closed form for $\sum_{n=-\infty}^{\infty}\frac{1}{(n-a)^2+b^2}$? We can use Fourier series of $e^{-bx}$ ($|x|<\pi$) to evaluate $\sum_{n=-\infty}^{\infty}\frac{1}{n^2+b^2}$. But this ...
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Infinite products - reference needed!

I am looking for a small treatment of basic theorems about infinite products ; surprisingly enough they are nowhere to be found after googling a little. The reason for this is that I am beginning to ...
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Why: A holomorphic function with constant magnitude must be constant.

How can I prove the following assertion? Let f be a holomorphic function such that |f| is a constant. Then f is constant. Edit: The more elementary the proof, the better. I'm working my way ...
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Evaluate $\int_0^\infty \frac{(\log x)^2}{1+x^2} dx$ using complex analysis

How do I compute $$\int_0^\infty \frac{(\log x)^2}{1+x^2} dx$$ What I am doing is take $$f(z)=\frac{(\log z)^2}{1+z^2}$$ and calculating $\text{Res}(f,z=i) = \dfrac{d}{dz} \dfrac{(\log ...
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Does $i^i$ and $i^{1\over e}$ have more than one root in $[0, 2 \pi]$

How to find all roots if power contains imaginary or irrational power of complex number? How do I find all roots of the following complex numbers? $$(1 + i)^i, (1 + i)^e, (1 + i)^{ i\over e}$$ EDIT:: ...
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Difficulties performing Laurent Series expansions to determine Residues

The following problems are from Brown and Churchill's Complex Variables, 8ed. From §71 concerning Residues and Poles, problem #1d: Determine the residue at $z = 0$ of the function ...
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The Integral that Stumped Feynman?

In "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!," Nobel-prize winning Physicist Richard Feynman said that he challenged his colleagues to give him an integral that they could evaluate with only complex methods ...
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A closed form for the sum $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\left(\frac{H_n}{n}\right)^2$

How can I find a closed form for the following sum? $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\left(\frac{H_n}{n}\right)^2$$ ($H_n=\sum_{k=1}^n\frac{1}{k}$).
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Characterizing nonconstant entire functions with modulus 1 on the unit circle

Is there a characterization of the nonconstant entire functions $f$ that satisfy $|f(z)|=1$ for all $|z|=1$? Clearly, $f(z)=z^n$ works for all $n$. Also, it's not difficult to show that if $f$ is ...
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“Orientation” of $\zeta$ zeroes on the critical line.

I am pretty ignorant about complex analysis so please forgive my lack of terminology. I saw a pretty picture (posted below) of the behavior of the Riemann zeta function along the critical line. What ...
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Show that $\int_0^ \infty \frac{1}{1+x^n} dx= \frac{ \pi /n}{\sin(\pi /n)}$ , where $n$ is a positive integer.

Using residues, try the contour below with $R \rightarrow \infty$ and $$\lim_{R \rightarrow \infty } \int_0^R \frac{1}{1+r^n} dr \rightarrow \int_0^\infty \frac{1}{1+x^n} dx$$ I've ...
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If $f,g$ are both analytic and $f(z) = g(z)$ for uncountably many $z$, is it true that $f = g$?

If two analytical functions of $\mathbb{C}$ f and g are equal on an infinite number of input values, than they are equal. I can't seem to find a counterexample, but I haven't seen this anywhere ...
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Computing $\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \frac{\cos x}{x^{2} + a^{2}}dx$ using residue calculus

I need to find $\displaystyle\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \frac{\cos x}{x^{2} + a^{2}}\ dx$ where $a > 0$. To do this, I set $f(z) = \displaystyle\frac{\cos z}{z^{2} + a^{2}}$ and integrate along the ...
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Let $f(z)$ be entire function. Show that if $f(z)$ is real when $|z| = 1$, then $f(z)$ must be a constant function using Maximum Modulus theorem

Let $f(z)$ be entire function. Consider the functions $e^{if(z)}$ and $e^{−if(z)}$ and applying the Maximum Modulus Theorem, show that if $f(z)$ is real when $|z| = 1$, then $f(z)$ must be a constant ...
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showing a function defined from an integral is entire

Let $f$ be a continuous complex-valued function on the unit interval. For any complex number $z$, define $F(z)=\int _0 ^1 f(t) e^{zt} dt$. How do I show that $F$ is entire?
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Maximum of sum of finite modulus of analytic function.

Let $f_1,f_2,\ldots,f_n $ be analytic complex functions in domain $D$. and $f = \sum_{k=1}^n|f_k|$ is not constant. Can I show the maximum of $f$ only appears on boundary of $D\,$?
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Principal value of the singular integral $\int_0^\pi \frac{\cos nt}{\cos t - \cos A} dt$

For a constant $0<A<\pi$, and natural $n$ I want to find the principal value of the integral: $$\int_0^\pi \frac{\cos nt}{\cos t - \cos A} dt$$ First of all, I'm not certain what function in ...
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How do I compute $\int_{-\infty}^\infty e^{-\frac{x^2}{2t}} e^{-ikx} \, \mathrm dx$ for $t \in \mathbb{R}_{>0}$ and $k \in \mathbb{R}$?

Let $t \in \mathbb{R}_{>0}$ and $k \in \mathbb{R}$. I want to find $$\int_{-\infty}^\infty e^{-\frac{x^2}{2t}} e^{-ikx} \, \mathrm dx.$$ A hint told me to first determine $\int_{-\infty}^\infty ...
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How to show that the modulus of $\frac{z-w}{1-\bar{z}w}$ is always $1$?

Let's suppose that $|z|<1$ and $|w|=1$. Show that the modulus of $\displaystyle \frac{z-w}{1-\bar{z}w}$ is always $1$. Some hint.
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For what values $\alpha$ for complex z $\ln(z^{\alpha}) = \alpha \ln(z)$?

For example, when $\alpha = 2$, $\ln(z^{2}) \neq 2\ln(z)$, because argument z is determined up to constant $2 \pi k$. So $$ \ln(z^{2}) = \ln(z) + \ln(z) = \ln(z_{k_{1}}) + \ln(z_{k_{2}}) \neq ...
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Analytic $F(z)$ has $f(z)$ as derivative $\implies$ $\int_\gamma f(z)\ dz = 0$ for $\gamma$ a closed curve

Hypothesis: Suppose that $F(z)$ has $f(z)$ as a derivative. Suppose further that $F(z)$ is analytic. Now consider the complex line integral $$ \tag{1} \int_\gamma f(z)\ dz $$ Question: Does this ...
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What's the difference between $\mathbb{R}^2$ and the complex plane?

I haven't taken any complex analysis course yet, but now I have this question that relates to it. Let's have a look at a very simple example. Suppose $x,y$ and $z$ are the Cartesian coordinates and ...
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Complex Analysis Book

I want a really good book on Complex Analysis, for a good understanding of theory. There are many complex variable books that are only a list of identities and integrals and I hate it. For example, I ...
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Integral evaluation $\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}\frac{\cos (ax)}{\pi (1+x^2)}dx$ [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Calculating the integral $\int_{0}^{\infty} \frac{\cos x}{1+x^2}\mathrm{d}x$ without using complex analysis I need help to evaluate the integral of ...
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Proof that 1-1 analytic functions have nonzero derivative

I recently saw a lecturer prove the following theorem (assuming the result that every analytic function is locally 1-1 whenever its derivative is nonzero): Let $\Omega \subset \mathbb{C}$ be open, and ...
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Showing that the roots of a polynomial with descending positive coefficients lie in the unit disc.

Let $P(z)=a_0+a_1z+\cdots+a_nz^n$ be a polynomial whose coefficients satisfy $$0<a_0<a_1<\cdots<a_n.$$ I want to show that the roots of $P$ live in unit disc. The obvious idea is to use ...
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if $f$ is entire and $|f(z)| \leq 1+|z|^{1/2}$, why must $f$ be constant?

How can we prove that if $f:\mathbb{C}\rightarrow\mathbb{C}$ is holomorphic (analytic) and $|f(z)| \leq 1+|z|^{1/2} \forall z$, then $f$ is constant? Liouville's theorem springs to mind, but I can't ...
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If $z_n \to z$ then $(1+z_n/n)^n \to e^z$

We are dealing with $z \in \mathbb{C}$. I know that $$ \left(1+ \frac{z}{n} \right)^n \to e^{z} $$ as $n \to \infty$. So intuitively if $z_n \to z$ then we should have $$ \left(1+ \frac{z_n}{n} ...
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A question in Complex Analysis $\int_0^{2\pi}\log(1-2r\cos x +r^2)\,dx$

My problem is to integrate this expression: $$\int_0^{2\pi}\log(1-2r\cos x +r^2)dx.$$ where $r$ is any constant in $[0,1]$. I know the answer is zero. Can you explain you idea to me or just prove ...
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Computing $\int_{-\infty}^\infty \frac{\sin x}{x} \mathrm{d}x$ with residue calculus

This refers back to the integral of $\frac{\sin(x)}x = \frac\pi2$ already posted. How do I arrive at $\frac\pi2$ using the residue theorem? I'm at the following point: $$\int \frac{e^{iz}}{z} - \int ...
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Proof that a certain entire function is a polynomial

Let $n\in\mathbf{N}$ be fixed, and $f$ entire and $|f^{-1}(\left\lbrace w\right\rbrace)|\leq n$ for every $w\in\mathbf{C}$. Then $f$ is a polynomial of degree at most $n$. I try to prove this ...