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Is there an explicit Fourier sine series for the function $f$

defined below (valid for $x\in[0,\pi]$) ?

$$f(x) := \ln\big(\sqrt{1 + \sin x} + \sqrt{\sin x}\big)$$

In case this is well known, a reference would be more than enough.

Thanks very much.

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  • $\begingroup$ $f(x)$ is not a function but a number ! $\endgroup$ – idm Dec 30 '14 at 20:34
  • $\begingroup$ I edited the post so there is now no mistakes, but if you want to understand my remark, you can see the original post. $\endgroup$ – idm Dec 30 '14 at 20:44
  • $\begingroup$ de gustibus non est disputandum $\endgroup$ – user2052 Mar 1 '15 at 20:40
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Since $f$ is only defined over the interval $[0,\pi]$, we must modify the standard Fourier series integral to cover only that range: $$ f(x)=\sum_k b_k\sin(kx) \\ b_k=\frac 2\pi\int_0^\pi f(x)\sin(kx)\ dx $$ The factor of 2 comes from the fact that we are effectively integrating over only half the period. $$ b_k=\frac 2\pi\int_0^\pi\log\left(\sqrt{1+\sin x}+\sqrt{\sin x}\right)\sin(kx)\ dx $$ I'll start with integration by parts: $$ \begin{align} u&= \log\left(\sqrt{1+\sin x}+\sqrt{\sin x}\right) & du&=\frac{\cos x}{2\sqrt{\sin x\left(1+\sin x\right)}}dx\\ dv&= \sin(kx)\ dx & v&=-\cos(kx)/k \end{align} $$ $$ b_k=\frac 2\pi\left(\left.-\frac{\log\left(\sqrt{1+\sin x}+\sqrt{\sin x}\right)\cos(kx)}k\right|_{x=0}^\pi+\int_0^\pi\frac{\cos x\cos(kx)}{2k\sqrt{\sin x(1+\sin x)}}dx\right) \\ =0+\frac 1{\pi k}\int_0^\pi\frac{\cos x\cos(kx)}{\sqrt{\sin x(1+\sin x)}}dx $$ Note that this integral is symmetric around $\pi/2$ if $k$ is odd, and antisymmetric (and therefore $0$) if $k$ is even. $$ b_{k\textrm{ (even)}}=0\\ b_{k\textrm{ (odd)}}=\frac 2{\pi k}\int_0^{\pi/2}\frac{\cos x\cos(kx)}{\sqrt{\sin x(1+\sin x)}}dx $$ Although I can't prove it, I found that this evaluates to: $$ b_{k\textrm{ (odd)}}=\frac{\Gamma(k/2)}{\sqrt\pi k\ \Gamma((k+1)/2)}=\frac{2^{1-k}\ \Gamma(k)}{k\ \Gamma^2((k+1)/2)} $$ So your series is: $$ \log\left(\sqrt{1+\sin x}+\sqrt{\sin x}\right)=\sum_{i=0}^\infty\frac{4^{-i}(2i)!}{(2i+1)(i!)^2}\sin((2i+1)x) $$

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    $\begingroup$ thanks for the speedy reply - notice that the right hand side is the imaginary part of arcsin(e^ix) $\endgroup$ – user2052 Dec 31 '14 at 18:12

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