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Comparing phase plots of truncated series solutions of Kepler’s equation by Lagrange’s power series with those by Bessel’s Kapteyn series strongly suggests that a Jentzsch- type theorem holds true not only for the former but also for the latter series: each point of the boundary of the domain of convergence in the complex plane is a cluster point of zeros of sections of the series. We prove this result by studying properties of the growth function of a sequence of entire functions. For series, this growth function is computable in terms of the convergence abscissa of an associated general Dirichlet series. The proof then extends, besides including Jentzsch’s classical result for power series, to general Dirichlet series, to Kapteyn, and to Neumann series of Bessel func- tions. Moreover, sections of Kapteyn and Neumann series generally exhibit zeros close to the real axis which can be explained, including their asymptotic linear density, by the theory of the distribution of zeros of entire functions. Keywords Jentzsch’s theorem · General Dirichlet series · Kapteyn series · Neumann series · Holonomic entire functions Mathematics Subject Classiﬁcation 30B50 · 30C15 · 30D20 1 Introduction The story of this paper starts, as quite a few in the history of mathematics [2], with Kepler’s equation of 1609, namely M = E − · sin E , Communicated by Laurent Baratchart. Folkmar Bornemann bornemann@tum.de Department of Mathematics, Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany 123 F. Bornemann where M is the mean anomaly and E the eccentric anomaly of a celestial body on an elliptic orbit of eccentricity , such as a planet or a recurrent comet in the solar system. By solving for E,given M and , one would ﬁnd the position of the body given the mean time of observation. Lagrange, by using his method of series inversion, obtained in 1771 a power series expansion in , namely k n−1 E − M = (−1) (n − 2k) sin((n − 2k)M ), (1) n−1 2 n! k n=1 0≤k≤n/2 which generally converges for all real M only if 0 ≤ < 0.66274 ..., a restriction obtained by Laplace in 1799 and justiﬁed by Cauchy in 1829. By expanding into a Fourier series with respect to M, Bessel found in 1818 that sin(nM ) E − M = 2 J (n), (2) n=1 where J (z) denotes the Bessel function of the ﬁrst kind of order n. This series con- verges for all 0 ≤ < 1 of interest. Series of such a form with respect to are called Kapteyn series due to the fact that they were ﬁrst systematically studied, as function of a complex variable , by Kapteyn in 1893, cf. [12, p. 551]. Now, during a lecture on complex analysis given by the present author the question came up whether one could see the different convergence behavior by visualizing the truncated series (called from now on sections) as a functions of a complex variable , e.g., by using phase plots [13]. For instance, taking the mean anomaly M = 1/5 and truncating both series at n = 25 yields the phase plots shown in Fig. 1. Strikingly, and more densely so for increasingly larger indices of truncation, zeros of the sections appear to cluster at the boundary of the domain of convergence in both cases. Whereas this is a classical theorem for power series obtained by the mathematician-poet Jentzsch in his 1914 thesis [5], the present author was not able to ﬁnd any mention of such a phenomenon for Kapteyn series in the literature. Fig- ure 2 shows, for some random coefﬁcients, that this phenomenon persists for different domains of convergence of Kapteyn series, even unbounded ones. In this paper we will prove a Jentzsch-type theorem, namely Theorem 3 in Sect. 3,for general Kapteyn series and we will also explain, in Sect. 4, the appearance of inﬁnitely many zeros of sections close to the real axis—even if the domains of convergence are bounded, see the right panel in Fig. 1 and the left one in Fig. 2. Moreover, as Fig. 3 illustrates, similar phenomena can be observed for Neumann series of Bessel functions [12, Ch. XVI], that is, series of the form A singularity analysis shows that the convergence radius ρ for ﬁxed M is the smallest value of |z | such that (z ,w ) satisfy the equations z cos w = 1, w = M + z sin w . This radius becomes minimal for ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ M = π/2, which then gives Laplace’s limit value, see [1, §231]. For other M it can be larger, e.g., for M = 1/5asinFig. 1 we get ρ = 0.84889 .... The manifold generalizations of Jentzsch’s theorem are always addressing families of (exponential) polynomials, but no other families of entire transcendental functions. 123 A Jentzsch-Theorem for Kapteyn, Neumann and General… Fig. 1 Phase plots for the complex eccentricity of the series solution of Kepler’s equation for M = 1/5 truncated at n = 25; left: power series (1) with ρ = 0.84889 ..., right: Kapteyn series (2) with ρ = 1; in both cases the boundary of the domain of convergence is shown as a solid black line, cf. Fig. 4 for the domains of convergence of Kapteyn series in general (color ﬁgure online) Fig. 2 Kapteyn series truncated at n = 25; left: convergence level ρ = 3/4, right: ρ = 4/3 a J (z). (3) n n n=0 Also for these series a Jentzsch-type theorem appears to be new and is therefore included in the discussion of Sects. 3 and 4. The key to our proof of Jentzsch-type theorems for Kapteyn and Neumann series will be the following observation by Ganelius [3,p.33]: From the original proof of Jentzsch’s theorem on the clustering of the zeros of the polynomial sections of a power series it is seen that the essential fact is not that the circle of convergence is the boundary of the domain of uniform 123 F. Bornemann Fig. 3 Two series with convergence radius ρ = 5 truncated at n = 25; top: Neumann series, bottom: its associated power series, cf. [12, §16.2] convergence. It is the behaviour of the [growth] function 1/n μ(z) = lim | f (z)| n→∞ which is important. [Here, f (z) denotes the section of the series obtained from truncation at n.] This growth function is also used by Luh [8] in proving a generalization of Jentzsch’s theorem to a wealth of values other than zeros. Now, if we think of f (z) for a ﬁxed z as a section of a general series and replace the exponent 1/n by 1/λ with monotonically increasing λ →∞, we are led to consider 1/λ n n −1 log lim a = lim λ log a , k k n→∞ n→∞ k=0 k=0 a quantity which, by a classical result of Cahen from 1894, equals max(0,σ ), regard- less of whether the series converges or not, unless a = 0. Here σ denotes the n c n=0 convergence abscissa of the associated general Dirichlet series −λ z a e . (4) n=0 It is therefore natural to include general Dirichlet series in our study of Jentzsch-type theorems. Interestingly, it was already noted by Jentzsch [5, p. 236], and attributed by him to Knopp, that his theorem extends to sections of ordinary Dirichlet series, that is, to the particular choice λ = log n. Outline of the Paper In Sect. 2 we will introduce the growth function μ of a sequence of entire functions and derive a proto-Jentzsch-type theorem, namely Theorem 1,to hold for ∂ D ∩ cl{μ> 1}, where D is a domain of compact convergence of the Reﬁnements of this result for the Riemann zeta function and its connections to Riemann’s hypothesis have been studied by Turán [11]: he proved, among other things, that if the sections f (z) do not vanish in the half-plane Re z > 1for n > n , then Riemann’s hypothesis is true. We write cl A for the closure of a set A ⊂ C and concisely {μ> 1}:={z : μ(z)> 1}, etc. 123 A Jentzsch-Theorem for Kapteyn, Neumann and General… sequence. We will show that this set is already all of ∂ D for certain parametrized domains of convergence. In Sect. 3 we will apply these results to sections of the four types of series studied in this paper: general Dirichlet series, power series, Neumann series, and Kapteyn series. Finally, in Sect. 4 we will use concepts from the theory of distribution of zeros of entire functions, namely functions of completely regular growth, to explain the inﬁnitude of zeros of sections of Kapteyn and Neumann series close to the real axis—including a prediction of their asymptotic linear density. 2 Growth Functions and Jentzsch-Type Theorems In this section we will show that zeros of a sequence of entire functions ( f ) cluster at those boundary points of an open set of convergence for which the sequence exhibits sufﬁcient growth nearby. Deﬁnition 1 The sequence ( f ) allows an admissible sequence of growth exponents λ <λ < ··· <λ →∞ if for all K C (denoting K ⊂ C compact) 1 2 n 1/λ lim max | f (z)| ≤ c(K)< ∞. n→∞ z∈K In particular, this admissibility implies that the corresponding growth function 1/λ μ(z) := lim | f (z)| n→∞ of ( f ) is well deﬁned. We observe that μ(z) ≤ 1if f (z) converges, with equality if the limit is non-zero. Thus any open set D where ( f ) converges pointwise must satisfy D ∩ cl{μ> 1}=∅. (5) Theorem 1 Let ( f ) be a sequence of entire functions with an admissible growth function μ.If ( f ) converges compactly to a non-constant holomorphic function f on some open set D, then all points of the set ∂ D ∩ cl{μ> 1} are cluster points of zeros of the f . Proof Let us assume to the contrary that there is a z ∈ ∂ D ∩ cl{μ> 1},some n > 0 0 0 and an open disk U centered at z such that f (z) = 0 for all z ∈ U and n ≥ n . Then 0 n 0 there is some w ∈ U with μ(w) > 1, so that, after extracting a subsequence n , 1/λ lim | f (w)| = μ(w) > 1. (6) n →∞ 123 F. Bornemann Since the f are nowhere zero on the simply connected U, there is a choice of a univalent branch 1/λ g := f that is holomorphic in U. By admissibility of the growth exponents λ , there is some n > 0 such that with K = cl(U ) 1/λ max |g (z)|= max | f (z)| ≤ c(K ) + 1 (n ≥ n ). n n z∈U z∈U According to Montel’s theorem we can extract another subsequence n such that g converges compactly to some holomorphic function g in U. If we restrict this limit to D, where f → f compactly, we get 1/λ |g(z)|= lim |g (z)|= lim | f (z)| = 1 (z ∈ U ∩ D =∅) n n n →∞ n →∞ since, according to Hurwitz’s theorem, f is nowhere zero in U ∩ D. Thus, by the local mapping principle, g must be locally constant with |g|= 1in U ∩ D and hence, by the identity theorem, constant on all of U. This, however, yields 1/λ lim | f (w)| = lim |g (w)|=|g(w)|= 1, n n n →∞ n →∞ which contradicts the choice of w ∈ U we started with in (6). To parametrize open sets of convergence we consider sublevel sets. Deﬁnition 2 A continuous function ω : C →[0, ∞) is called a proper height function if the open sublevel sets D := {ω< r } are non-empty for all r > 0 and if there are no local maxima of positive height, that is, equivalently, if cl{ω> r}={ω ≥ r } (r > 0). The convergence level of the sequence ( f ) is given as ρ := sup{r > 0 : f converges compactly on D }, n r where ρ = 0 if there is no such D at all and ρ =∞ if there is convergence in all of the D . Given a proper height function we observe the ﬁltration property cl D ⊂ D for r r 0 < r < r , implying that the sup deﬁning a convergence level 0 <ρ < ∞ is indeed a max and there will be a largest level ρ for which f converges compactly on D .In n ρ fact, if 0 <ρ < ∞, this open set D will be the maximal open set of convergence and enjoys a Jentzsch-type theorem on all of its boundary: 123 A Jentzsch-Theorem for Kapteyn, Neumann and General… Theorem 2 Let ( f ) be a sequence of entire functions that has convergence level 0 <ρ < ∞ for a proper height function ω such that the limit in D is non-constant. Let there be an admissible growth function μ that satisﬁes {ω> ρ}⊂{μ> 1}∪{ω = r }, for some r > 0. Then all points of the set ∂ D are cluster points of zeros of the f ρ n and D is the maximal open set in which f converges pointwise. ρ n Proof The clustering of zeros at ∂ D follows immediately from Theorem 1 by observ- ing, for L := {ω = r }, cl{μ> 1}⊃ cl ({ω> ρ}\ L) ⊃{ω ≥ ρ}⊃{ω = ρ}⊃ ∂ D , (7) so that ∂ D = ∂ D ∩ cl{μ> 1}. The second inclusion is because for r ≥ ρ ρ ρ cl({ω> r }) = cl {ω> r }\ L ⊂ cl ({ω> ρ}\ L) if r ≥ r , {ω = r }⊂ cl({r >ω > r }) ⊂ cl ({ω> ρ}\ L) otherwise , and then taking the union over all r ≥ ρ.If D is any open set of pointwise convergence, then by (5) and (7) ∅= D ∩ cl{μ> 1}⊃ D ∩{ω ≥ ρ}, which gives D ⊂{ω< ρ}= D , so that D is the maximal such open set. ρ ρ 3 A Jentzsch-Type Theorem for Four Types of Series We will apply the Jentzsch-type result Theorem 2 to series of the form a φ (z), (8) n n n=0 where a are complex coefﬁcients and φ are given entire functions. The sections of n n the series will be denoted by f (z) := a φ (z)(n ∈ N ). (9) n k k 0 k=0 Speciﬁcally, we will study the following four choices: −λ z – General Dirichlet Series φ (z) = e with exponents λ ∈ R satisfying n n λ <λ <λ < ··· <λ →∞ (n →∞). 0 1 2 n 123 F. Bornemann Here we restrict ourselves to series with an abscissa σ < ∞ of absolute conver- gence. Recall that [4,Thm.9] log n σ ≤ σ + lim , a c n→∞ where σ denotes the abscissa of convergence. Ordinary Dirichlet series, i.e., series of the form −z a n n=1 −z correspond to the particular choices a = 0, λ = log n, that is, φ (z) = n .For 0 n n ordinary Dirichlet series we thus have σ ≤ σ ≤ σ + 1. c a c – Power Series φ (z) = z . – Neumann Series φ (z) = J (z), the Bessel functions of the ﬁrst kind. n n – Kapteyn Series φ (z) = J (nz). They depend on the proper height function n n z exp 1 − z Ω(z) := √ (z ∈ C) 1 + 1 − z which is deﬁned by the principal branch of the square root and by continuity for z ∈ S := {x ∈ R :|x|≥ 1};on S both signs of the square root give the same value of Ω, namely Ω| ≡ 1. The corresponding sublevel-sets D are visualized S r in Fig. 4. Note that {Ω = 1}= ∂ D ∪ S. We can now formulate and prove the main theorem of this paper. Theorem 3 For the four types of series at hand, Table 1 lists the admissible growth exponents λ , the proper height functions ω(z) and the convergence levels ρ such that, if we assume 0 <ρ < ∞: – The sections f converge compactly in D to a non-constant holomorphic f ; n ρ – The growth function satisﬁes −1 μ(z) = max 1,ρ ω(z) (10) unless (a) f (z) → 0 and ω(z) ≤ ρ or (b), for the Kapteyn series, z ∈ S. Hence, in all cases there is {ω> ρ}⊂{μ> 1}∪{ω = 1} and Theorem 2 gives that all points of the set ∂ D are cluster points of zeros of the f and D is the maximal ρ n ρ open set in which f converges pointwise. By the maximum principle, Ω cannot have any local maxima in C \ S.For x > 1weget x −1 lim ∂ Ω(x + iy) = > 0, + y y→0 x so that, by symmetry, there are no local maxima on S \{±1}; also the points ±1 are no local maxima. 123 A Jentzsch-Theorem for Kapteyn, Neumann and General… Fig. 4 Sublevel-sets D of Ω(z), r = 1/4, 1/2, 3/4,... Table 1 Growth exponents, height functions, and convergence level ρ of various series −1 Type of series φ (z) Growth expnt. λ Height ω(z)ρ n n ∗ σ General Dirichlet exp(−λ z)λ exp(− Re z) e n n n 1/n Power series z n |z| lim |a | n n e 1/n Neumann J (z) n |z| lim |a | n n n 2n 1/n Kapteyn J (nz) n Ω(z) lim |a | n n n With abscissae σ of convergence and σ < ∞ of absolute convergence c a Proof The holomorphic limit f in D is non-constant. In fact, since φ (z) ≡ 1 with ρ m m = 0 in the last three cases and, by inserting λ = 0 into the sequence of growth exponents if necessary for the case of the general Dirichlet series (which would not change σ ) so that, say, λ = 0, uniqueness of the coefﬁcients yields for constant f c m that a = f for n = m and a = 0 otherwise. But then ρ =∞. n n In each case we will prove Eq. (10)for ω(z), admissibility of the growth exponents λ , and if not already referenced, compact convergence in D . n ρ 1. General Dirichlet Series By the theory of general Dirichlet series [4, Ch. II], there −λ s is a spectral abscissa σ ∈[−∞, ∞] such that a e converges compactly c n n=0 to some holomorphic f in the half plane Re s >σ and diverges for all Re s <σ . c c Cahen’s formula [4, Thm. 7; see also the footnote there] states that log | f (0)| lim = max(0,σ ) n→∞ Cf. [4,Thm.6]and [12, §§16.11/17.4]. 123 F. Bornemann unless f (0) → 0 (which can only happen if σ ≤ 0). Equivalently, we get n c 1/λ σ −1 n c μ(0) = lim | f (0)| = max 1, e =: max 1,ρ (11) n→∞ unless f (0) → 0 and 1 ≤ ρ. By applying this result for a ﬁxed z ∈ C to ∞ ∞ −λ z −λ s −λ (z+s) n n n a e e = a e n n n=0 n=0 we get with ω(z) := exp(− Re z) 1/λ σ −Re z −1 n c μ(z) = lim | f (z)| = max 1, e = max 1,ρ ω(z) n→∞ unless f (z) → 0 and ω(z) ≤ ρ. Note that −∞ <σ < ∞ since we assume 0 <ρ < ∞. Now, admissibility of the growth exponents λ follows from σ < ∞, where σ is the convergence abscissa n a a of the general Dirichlet series with the coefﬁcients a replaced by |a |; we denote the k k sections of this series by g (z).For K C we have −λ Re z −λ Re z k k max | f (z)|≤ |a |e + |a |e ≤ A +|g (T )|, n k k n z∈K k:λ <0 k≤n:λ ≥0 k k where A is the maximum over K of the ﬁxed ﬁrst sum of ﬁnitely many continuous terms and T := min Re z. We thus get the explicit admissibility bound z∈K 1/λ 1/λ σ −T n n a lim max | f (z)| ≤ 1 + lim |g (T )| ≤ 1 + max 1, e . n n n→∞ n→∞ z∈K 2. Power Series By the theory of power series, the series a z converges n=0 compactly to some holomorphic f in the disk |z| <ρ and diverges for all |z| >ρ −1 1/n where the convergence radius ρ is given by ρ = lim |a | . Hence, for ﬁxed n→∞ n z, the general Dirichlet series ∞ ∞ n −ns −s a z e = a ze (12) n n n=0 n=0 − Re s − Re s converges for |z|e <ρ and diverges for |z|e >ρ, therefore has (wrt. the variable s) the convergence abscissa σ given by e =|z|/ρ. Denoting the sections of the power series by f (z), Cahen’s formula (11) applied to (12)gives 1/n σ −1 μ(z) = lim | f (z)| = max 1, e = max 1,ρ |z| (13) n→∞ unless f (z) → 0 (which can only happen if |z|≤ ρ). 123 A Jentzsch-Theorem for Kapteyn, Neumann and General… For K C with R := max |z| we get the admissibility bound z∈K 1/n 1/n k −1 lim max | f (z)| ≤ lim |a | R = max 1,ρ R n k n→∞ z∈K n→∞ k=1 since the power series with coefﬁcients |a | shares the same convergence radius. 3. Neumann Series We consider the Neumann series [12, Ch. XVI] a J (z) n n n=0 and denote its sections by f (z). Horn’s large order asymptotics of the Bessel functions [12, §8.1] gives, for z ﬁxed, 1 ez J (z) ∼ √ (n →∞), 2n 2πn so that the auxiliary power series in w that is given by a J (z)w n n n=0 −1 −1 e 1/n has the reciprocal convergence radius ρ |z| with ρ := lim |a | . Application 2n of (13) to the case w = 1 yields 1/n −1 μ(z) = lim | f (z)| = max 1,ρ |z| n→∞ unless f (z) → 0, which can only happen if 1 = w ≤ ρ/|z|, that is, |z|≤ ρ. To prove the admissibility of the growth exponents λ = n we refer to the inequality [12, §3.31] |J (z)|≤ (z ∈ C, n ∈ N ). n 0 n! This gives, for K C with R := max |z|, using our results for power series, the z∈K admissibility bound 1/n |a | 1/n k −1 lim max | f (z)| ≤ lim R ≤ max 1,ρ R n→∞ n→∞ z∈K 2 k! k=1 since the power series with coefﬁcients |a |/(2 k!) has, by Stirling’s formula, once −1 again the reciprocal convergence radius ρ . The same estimates yield the compact convergence of the series in D :for z ∈ K D we have R <ρ so that ρ ρ 123 F. Bornemann ∞ ∞ |a | |a ||J (z)|≤ R < ∞. n n 2 n! n=0 n=0 4. Kapteyn Series We consider the Kapteyn series [12, Ch. XVII] a J (nz) (14) n n n=0 and denote its sections by f (z). The Carlini–Meissel asymptotics of Bessel functions [12, §8.11] gives, for z ∈ / S ﬁxed, 1 z exp 1 − z J (nz) ∼ √ √ (n →∞), 2 1/4 2 2πn (1 − z ) 1 + 1 − z taking the principal branch of the root functions. This yields, for ﬁxed z ∈ / S, 1/n |J (nz)| ∼ Ω(z)(n →∞); hence the auxiliary power series in w that is given by a J (nz)w , n n n=0 −1 −1 1/n then has the reciprocal convergence radius ρ Ω(z) with ρ := lim |a | . Appli- cation of (13) to the case w = 1 yields, for z ∈ / S, 1/n −1 μ(z) = lim | f (z)| = max 1,ρ Ω(z) n→∞ At least rigorously, this asymptotics is only stated for real −1 < z < 1 in the literature on Bessel functions. It easily extends, however, to complex z ∈ / S by using Olver’s uniform large order asymptotics [10, §11.10.4] that gives, with δ> 0 ﬁxed, uniformly for | arg z| <π − δ 1/4 2/3 4ζ Ai(n ζ) J (nz) ∼ (n →∞). 2 1/3 1 − z n Here ζ is analytic in the complex z-plane cut at the negative reals such that ζ(1) = 0and 2 1 + 1 − z 3/2 w := ζ = log − 1 − z (0 < z < 1). 3 z Observing that for z ∈ / S in the cut plane also ζ belongs to that cut plane, we can combine this result with Copson’s uniform large argument asymptotics of the Airy function [10, §4.4.1], −nw 2/3 Ai(n ζ) ∼ (n →∞, | arg ζ | <π − δ), 1/2 1/6 1/4 2π n ζ −nw 2 1/4 to get the assertion J (nz) ∼ e /( 2πn (1 − z ) ) as n →∞ for ﬁxed z ∈ / S in the cut plane. Now, the general case z ∈ / S follows from the symmetry of the Bessel functions. 123 A Jentzsch-Theorem for Kapteyn, Neumann and General… unless f (z) → 0, which can only happen if 1 = w ≤ ρ/Ω(z), that is, Ω(z) ≤ ρ. To prove the admissibility of the growth exponents λ = n for 0 <ρ < ∞ we refer to Kapteyn’s inequality [12, §8.7] |J (nz)|≤ Ω(z) (z ∈ C, n ∈ N ). (15) n 0 This gives, for K C with R := max Ω(z), using our results for power series, z∈K the admissibility bound 1/n 1/n k −1 lim max | f (z)| ≤ lim |a |R = max 1,ρ R . n k n→∞ n→∞ z∈K k=1 The same estimates yield the compact convergence of the series in D :for z ∈ K D ρ ρ we have R <ρ so that ∞ ∞ |a ||J (nz)|≤ |a |R < ∞. n n n n=0 n=0 Remark 1 If we denote by ρ the convergence level of the series of the same type with the coefﬁcients a replaced by |a | and assume 0 <ρ < ∞, then in all four cases k k a the proof gives the explicit admissibility bound 1/λ −1 lim max | f (z)| ≤ η + max 1,ρ R n→∞ z∈K for K C with R := max ω(z).Here η = 1 if the sequence of growth exponents z∈K starts with some negative entries and η = 0 otherwise. Remark 2 In all four cases, stronger than the statement that D is the maximal open set of pointwise convergence, the series diverges if ω(z)>ρ unless, for Kapteyn series, z ∈ S. This is well-known for general Dirichlet and power series and was, in fact, used in the above proof; but it also follows for Neumann and Kapteyn series by looking at the auxiliary power series for w = 1. For Kapteyn series, the set S can be exceptional, indeed: e.g., −2 n J (nz) n=1 has convergence level ρ = 1 and thus diverges in {Ω> 1}\ S. However, Kapteyn’s inequality (15) yields the uniform convergence on all of {Ω ≤ 1}⊃ S. 123 F. Bornemann 4 Zeros of Sections of Series of Holonomic Entire Functions As observed in Figs. 1 and 2, sections of Kapteyn series with ρ ≤ 1 exhibit zeros that cannot be accounted for by the Jentzch-type Theorem 3; the same observation applies to the Neumann series in Fig. 3. Instead, we will predict the appearance and the density of these zeros using the theory of entire functions. 4.1 Some Results from the Theory of Entire Functions We restrict ourselves to series of the form (8) where the φ (z) are holonomic entire functions (also called D-ﬁnite entire functions), i.e., entire functions that are solutions of homogeneous linear differential equations with polynomial coefﬁcients. This class of functions forms a ring that is closed under differentiation, indeﬁnite integration and rescaling φ(λz),see [6, Thm. 7.2]; hence, the ﬁnite sections f (z) deﬁned in (9)are in this class, too. Considering their differential equations, the exponential function exp(z) and the Bessel functions J (z) of integer order of the ﬁrst kind are obvious examples of functions in this class. Holonomic entire functions f (z) are entire functions of completely regular growth, cf. [9, p. 747]: i.e., they are of ﬁnite order 0 <σ < ∞ and normal type such that i θ log | f (re )| h (θ ) = lim (16) r →∞:r ∈ / E r exists uniformly in θ. Here the exceptional set E has relative linear density zero, it is obviously related to the zeros of f .This Phragmén–Lindelöf indicator function h(θ ) is 2π-periodic, continuous and has derivatives h (θ − 0) from the left and h (θ + 0) ≥ h (θ − 0) from the right that differ at most on a countable set; cf. [7, f f §I.15]. Therelationof h to the distribution of zeros of an entire function f of completely regular growth is given by the formula [7,Thm.III.3] N (r ; α, β) 1 lim = h (β) − h (α) + σ h (t ) dt , (17) f f r →∞ r 2πσ where N (r ; α, β) denotes the number of zeros of f in the ﬁnite sector |z| < r and α< arg(z)<β. Here, α and β have to be points of differentiability of h . We observe that the indicator function of a sum f + g of two entire functions of completely regular growth of the same order σ satisﬁes [7, p. 52] h (θ ) ≤ max h (θ ), h (θ ) (18) f +g f g with equality if h (θ ) = h (θ ); of course f + g has order σ then, too. f g We will need the following examples of indicator functions: 123 A Jentzsch-Theorem for Kapteyn, Neumann and General… – Exponential Function exp((a − ib)z), with real a, b, has order σ = 1 and the indicator function is [7, p. 52] h(θ ) = a cos(θ ) + b sin(θ ), (19) Consistent with the fact that the exponential function has no zeros, the density of zeros given by (17) is zero for all sectors α< arg(z)<β. iz −iz – Cosine Function cos(z) = (e + e )/2, using (18) with the remark on equality, has h(θ ) = max − sin(θ ), sin(θ ) =|sin θ |, since these values differ if sin θ = 0; the case sin θ = 0 follows from continuity. Now, the counting formula (17) gives, for δ> 0 small enough, N (r ; θ − δ, θ + δ) if θ ∈ π Z, lim = π (20) r →∞ ⎩ 0 otherwise; which is consistent with all zeros being located on the real axis at π(Z + ). – Bessel Function J (z) From Hankel’s asymptotics [10, §4.9.3], which we write here in the form 2 1 i (z−nπ/2−π/4) −1 J (z) ∼ e + O z π z 2 −i (z−nπ/2−π/4) −1 +e + O z , uniformly as z →∞ in the sector | arg z|≤ π − δ for ﬁxed δ> 0, it thus follows in the same way as for cos(z) in the bullet point above that J (z) has order σ = 1, the indicator function h(θ ) =|sin θ |, (21) and the linear density of zeros given by (20). 4.2 Application to General Dirichlet, Kapteyn and Neumann Series If the convergence level ρ of one of the series in Sect. 3 is ﬁnite, then inﬁnitely many of the coefﬁcients a must be non-zero. So let us assume this case, let n be the ﬁrst n 0 index with a = 0 and let (a ) be the largest subsequence of non-zero coefﬁcients. n n – General Dirichlet Series Here, using (19) and (18) with the remark on equality, the section f of a general Dirichlet series (4) has order σ = 1 and its indicator 123 F. Bornemann function is, for θ ∈[0, 2π ], π 3π −λ cos(θ ) if ≤ θ ≤ 2 2 h (θ ) = max −λ cos(θ ), −λ cos(θ ) = f n n −λ cos(θ ) otherwise. Hence, the counting formula (17) gives, for δ> 0 small enough, λ − λ ⎨ n n 0 1 N (r ; θ − δ, θ + δ) f if θ ∈ π(Z + ), lim = 2π r →∞ ⎩ 0 otherwise. −s Remark 3 As an example, the sections f (s) = k of Riemann’s zeta function k=1 then satisfy log n N (r ; θ − δ, θ + δ) if θ ∈ π(Z + ), lim = 2π r →∞ r ⎩ 0 otherwise. Though this result is less precise than Theorem 3 as it does not imply the clustering of these inﬁnitely many zeros at the axis Re z = σ as n →∞, it gives the asymptotic density of zeros of individual sections f in arbitrary small sectors that contain the positive or negative imaginary axis. – Kapteyn Series Here, using (18) with the remark on equality and (21), which rescales to the indicator function h(θ ) = n|sin θ | for the function J (nz) with n ∈ N, the section f of a Kapteyn series (14) has order σ = 1 and its indicator function is h (θ ) = n |sin θ |. Hence, the counting formula (17) gives, for δ> 0 small enough, N (r ; θ − δ, θ + δ) f if θ ∈ π Z, lim = r →∞ ⎩ 0 otherwise. Thus we get a rather precise knowledge about the density of zeros of individual sections f in arbitrary small sectors that contain the positive or negative real axis, namely a linear density of n /π, which adds to the quantitative understanding of Figs. 1 and 2. In fact, by this formula we would expect about 4 × 25/π ≈ 32 zeros in those ﬁgures, where we actually observe a zero count of about 35. – Neumann Series Since all the non-zero terms of a Neumann series (3) share the same order σ = 1 and indicator function h(θ ) =|sin θ |,(18) just gives the estimate h (θ ) ≤|sin θ |. (22) 123 A Jentzsch-Theorem for Kapteyn, Neumann and General… However, generically there should be no cancellation in the limit (16) deﬁning the indicator function, that is, the term with the largest coefﬁcient in absolute value i θ gives the dominant contribution to log | f (re )| and we expect equality in (22). The density of zeros would then be given by (20). This is consistent with what we observe in Fig. 3: inﬁnitely many zeros with linear density close to the real axis start popping up in that example at about | Re(z)|≈ 30 and in the range 30 < Re(z)< 40 we see, indeed, about 10/π ≈ 3 zeros. 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Published: Dec 1, 2023
Keywords: Jentzsch’s theorem; General Dirichlet series; Kapteyn series; Neumann series; Holonomic entire functions; 30B50; 30C15; 30D20
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