bernoulli's differential equation

Riemann's differential equation

In mathematics, Riemann's differential equation is a generalization of the hypergeometric differential equation, allowing the regular singular points to occur anywhere on the Riemann sphere, rather than merely at 0,1, and ∞.


The differential equation is given by
frac{d^2w}{dz^2} + left[
frac{1-alpha-alpha'}{z-a} + frac{1-beta-beta'}{z-b} + frac{1-gamma-gamma'}{z-c} right] frac{dw}{dz}
frac{alphaalpha' (a-b)(a-c)} {z-a} +frac{betabeta' (b-c)(b-a)} {z-b} +frac{gammagamma' (c-a)(c-b)} {z-c} right] frac{w}{(z-a)(z-b)(z-c)}=0.

The regular singular points are a, b and c. The pairs of exponents for each are respectively α; α', β;β' and γ;γ'. The exponents are subject to the condition

alpha+alpha'+beta+beta'+gamma+gamma'=1. ,


The solutions are denoted by the Riemann P-symbol

w=P left{ begin{matrix} a & b & c & ;
alpha & beta & gamma & z alpha' & beta' & gamma' & ; end{matrix} right}

The standard hypergeometric function may be expressed as

;_2F_1(a,b;c;z) =
P left{ begin{matrix} 0 & infty & 1 & ; 0 & a & 0 & z 1-c & b & c-a-b & ; end{matrix} right}

The P-functions obey a number of identities; one of them allows a general P-function to be expressed in terms of the hypergeometric function. It is

P left{ begin{matrix} a & b & c & ;
alpha & beta & gamma & z alpha' & beta' & gamma' & ; end{matrix} right} = left(frac{z-a}{z-b}right)^alpha left(frac{z-c}{z-b}right)^gamma P left{ begin{matrix} 0 & infty & 1 & ; 0 & alpha+beta+gamma & 0 & ;frac{(z-a)(c-b)}{(z-b)(c-a)} alpha'-alpha & alpha+beta'+gamma & gamma'-gamma & ; end{matrix} right}

In other words, one may write the solutions in terms of the hypergeometric function as

left(frac{z-a}{z-b}right)^alpha left(frac{z-c}{z-b}right)^gamma ;_2F_1 left( alpha+beta +gamma, alpha+beta'+gamma; 1+alpha-alpha'; frac{(z-a)(c-b)}{(z-b)(c-a)} right)

The full complement of Kummer's 24 solutions may be obtained in this way; see the article hypergeometric differential equation for a treatment of Kummer's solutions.

Fractional linear transformations

The P-function possesses a simple symmetry under the action of fractional linear transformations, that is, under the action of the group GL(2, C), or equivalently, under the conformal remappings of the Riemann sphere. Given arbitrary complex numbers A, B, C, D such that AD − BC ne; 0, define the quantities

quad mbox{ and } quad eta=frac{Aa+B}{Ca+D}


quad mbox{ and } quad theta=frac{Ac+B}{Cc+D}

then one has the simple relation

P left{ begin{matrix} a & b & c & ;
alpha & beta & gamma & z alpha' & beta' & gamma' & ; end{matrix} right} =P left{ begin{matrix} eta & zeta & theta & ; alpha & beta & gamma & u alpha' & beta' & gamma' & ; end{matrix} right}

expressing the symmetry.

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