# Solution of inhomogeneous Fredholm integral equation of the first kind with symmetric rational kernel

Please explain how to solve this inhomogeneous Fredholm integral equation of the first kind: $$f(x)=\frac{1}{\pi}\int_{0}^{\infty}\frac{g(y)}{x+y}dy$$

## 2 Answers

The equation

$$f(x)=\frac{1}{\pi}\int_{0}^{\infty}\frac{g(y)}{x+y}\mathrm{d}y$$

has solution

\begin{align} y(x) &= \frac{1}{2 i} \lim_{\epsilon \to 0^+} \left\{f(-x-i\epsilon)-f(-x+i\epsilon)\right\} \\ &= \frac{1}{\sqrt{x}} \sum_{k=0}^{\infty} \frac{(-1)^k}{(2k)!} \left(\frac{\pi}{x} \frac{\mathrm{d}}{\mathrm{d}x}\right)^{2k} \left\{\sqrt{x}f(x)\right\}. \end{align}

Source: Polyanin and Manzhirov, Handbook of Integral Equations, section 3.1-3, #17.

Numerous other sources are cited below the entry there.

You could try a Mellin transform. Since $\int _{0}^{\infty }\!{\frac {{x}^{s-1}}{x+y}}{dx}={y}^{s-1}\pi \,\csc \left( \pi \,s \right)$ for $y > 0$ and $0 < \Re s < 1$, the Mellin transforms of $f$ and $g$ satisfy $Mf(s) = \csc(\pi s) Mg(s)$ for $0 < \Re s < 1$. You might then try inverting $Mg(s)$ using the inversion formula

$$g(y) = \frac{1}{2\pi i} \int_{c-i\infty}^{c+i\infty} Mf(s) \sin(\pi s)\ ds$$

where $0 < c < 1$, under appropriate convergence assumptions.