Bloch's theorem (complex variables)
Let f be a holomorphic function in the unit disk |z| ≤ 1. Suppose that |f′(0)| = 1. Then there exists a disc of radius b and an analytic function φ in this disc, such that f(φ(z)) = z for all z in this disc. Here b > 1/72 is an absolute constant.
If f is a holomorphic function in the unit disc with the property |f′(0)| = 1, then the image of f contains a disc of radius l, where l ≥ b is an absolute constant.
This theorem is named after Edmund Landau.
Bloch's theorem was inspired by the following theorem of Georges Valiron:
Theorem. If f is a non-constant entire function then there exist discs D of arbitrarily large radius and analytic functions φ in D such that f(φ(z)) = z for z in D.
Bloch's theorem corresponds to Valiron's theorem via the so-called Bloch's Principle.
Bloch's and Landau's constants
The lower bound 1/72 in Bloch's theorem is not the best possible. The number B defined as the supremum of all b for which this theorem holds, is called the Bloch's constant. Bloch's theorem tells us B ≥ 1/72, but the exact value of B is still unknown.
The similarly defined optimal constant L in Landau's theorem is called the Landau's constant. Its exact value is also unknown.
The best known bounds for B at present are
In their paper, Ahlfors and Grunsky conjectured that their upper bounds are actually the true values of B and L.
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