Jacobi elliptic functions
In mathematics, the Jacobi elliptic functions are a set of basic elliptic functions, and auxiliary theta functions, that are of historical importance. Many of their features show up in important structures and have direct relevance to some applications (e.g. the equation of a pendulum—also see pendulum (mathematics)). They also have useful analogies to the functions of trigonometry, as indicated by the matching notation sn for sin. The Jacobi elliptic functions are used more often in practical problems than the Weierstrass elliptic functions as they do not require notions of complex analysis to be defined and/or understood. They were introduced by Carl Gustav Jakob Jacobi (1829).
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Notation
- 3 Definition as inverses of elliptic integrals
- 4 Definition as trigonometry - the Jacobi ellipse
- 5 Definition in terms of Jacobi theta functions
- 6 Definition in terms of Neville theta functions
- 7 Jacobi Transformations
- 8 The Jacobi hyperbola
- 9 Minor functions
- 10 Periodicity, poles, and residues
- 11 Relations between squares of the functions
- 12 Addition theorems
- 13 Expansion in terms of the nome
- 14 Jacobi elliptic functions as solutions of nonlinear ordinary differential equations
- 15 Approximation in terms of hyperbolic functions
- 16 Inverse functions
- 17 Map projection
- 18 See also
- 19 Notes
- 20 References
- 21 External links
Jacobian elliptic functions are doubly periodic meromorphic functions on the complex plane. Since they are doubly periodic, they factor through a torus – in effect, their domain can be taken to be a torus, just as cosine and sine are in effect defined on a circle. Instead of having only one circle, we now have the product of two circles, one real and the other imaginary. The complex plane can be replaced by a complex torus. The circumference of the first circle is 4K and the second 4K′, where K and K′ are the quarter periods. Each function has two zeroes and two poles at opposite positions on the torus. Among the points 0, K, K + iK′, iK′ there is one zero and one pole. So an arrow can be drawn from a zero to a pole.
So there are twelve Jacobian elliptic functions. Each of the twelve corresponds to an arrow drawn from one corner of a rectangle to another. The corners of the rectangle are labeled, by convention, s, c, d and n. s is at the origin, c is at the point K on the real axis/loop, d is at the point K + iK′ and n is at point iK′ on the imaginary axis/loop. The twelve Jacobian elliptic functions are then pq, where each of p and q is a different one of the letters s, c, d, n.
The Jacobian elliptic functions are then the unique doubly periodic, meromorphic functions satisfying the following three properties:
- There is a simple zero at the corner p, and a simple pole at the corner q.
- The step from p to q is equal to half the period of the function pq u; that is, the function pq u is periodic in the direction pq, with the period being twice the distance from p to q. The function pq u is also periodic in the other two directions, with a period such that the distance from p to one of the other corners is a quarter period.
- If the function pq u is expanded in terms of u at one of the corners, the leading term in the expansion has a coefficient of 1. In other words, the leading term of the expansion of pq u at the corner p is u; the leading term of the expansion at the corner q is 1/u, and the leading term of an expansion at the other two corners is 1.
More generally, there is no need to impose a rectangle; a parallelogram will do. However, if K and iK' are kept on the real and imaginary axis respectively, then the Jacobi elliptic functions pq u will be real functions when u is real.
The elliptic functions can be given in a variety of notations, which can make the subject unnecessarily confusing. Elliptic functions are functions of two variables. The first variable might be given in terms of the amplitude φ, or more commonly, in terms of u given below. The second variable might be given in terms of the parameter m, or as the elliptic modulus k, where k2 = m, or in terms of the modular angle α, where m = sin2 α. A more extensive review and definition of these alternatives, their complements, and the associated notation schemes are given in the articles on elliptic integrals and quarter period.
The twelve Jacobi elliptic functions are generally written as pq(u,m) where ‘’p’’ and ‘’q’’ are any of the letters ‘’c’’, ‘’s’’, ‘’n’’, and ‘’d’’. Functions of the form pp(u,m) are trivially set to unity for notational completeness. The “major” functions are generally taken to be cn(u,m), sn(u,m) and dn(u,m) from which all other functions can be derived and expressions are often written solely in terms of these three functions, however, various symmetries and generalizations are often most conveniently expressed using the full set. (This notation is due to Gudermann and Glaisher and is not Jacobi's original notation.)
The functions are notationally related to each other by the multiplication rule: (arguments suppressed)
from which other commonly used relationships can be derived:
Definition as inverses of elliptic integrals
The above definition, in terms of the unique meromorphic functions satisfying certain properties, is quite abstract. There is a simpler, but completely equivalent definition, giving the elliptic functions as inverses of the incomplete elliptic integral of the first kind. Let
Then the elliptic sine sn u (Latin: sinus amplitudinis) is given by
and the elliptic cosine cn u (Latin: cosinus amplitudinis) is given by
and the delta amplitude dn u (Latin: delta amplitudinis)
Here, the angle is called the amplitude. On occasion, dn u = Δ(u) is called the delta amplitude. In the above, the value m is a free parameter, usually taken to be real, 0 ≤ m ≤ 1, and so the elliptic functions can be thought of as being given by two variables, the amplitude and the parameter m.
The remaining nine elliptic functions are easily built from the above three, and are given in a section below.
Note that when , that u then equals the quarter period K.
Definition as trigonometry - the Jacobi ellipse
are defined on the unit circle, with radius r = 1 and angle arc length of the unit circle measured from the positive x-axis. Similarly, Jacobi elliptic functions are defined on the unit ellipse, with a = 1. Let
For each angle the angular component of the arc length, the 'angular arc length' is computed. An advantage of angular arc length is that we can calculate a total arc length for hyperbolas. Force angular arc length, is the energy required to turn a lever with constant force. For the ellipse the angular arc length is:
Let be the point on the ellipse with angular arc length and let be the point on the unit circle with the angular arc length , (note that origin and are on the same straight line). The familiar relations from the unit circle ():
imply for the ellipse:
So the projections of the intersection point of the line with the unit circle on the x- and y-axes are simply and . These projections may be interpreted as 'definition as trigonometry'. In short:
For the and value of the point with and parameter we get, after inserting the relation:
The latter relations for the x- and y-coordinates of points on the unit ellipse may be considered as generalization of the relations for the coordinates of points on the unit circle.
The following table summarizes the expressions for all Jacobi elliptic functions pq(u,m) in the variables (x,y,r) and (φ,dn) with
Definition in terms of Jacobi theta functions
Equivalently, Jacobi's elliptic functions can be defined in terms of his theta functions. If we abbreviate as , and respectively as (the theta constants) then the elliptic modulus k is . If we set , we have
Since the Jacobi functions are defined in terms of the elliptic modulus k(τ), we need to invert this and find τ in terms of k. We start from , the complementary modulus. As a function of τ it is
Let us first define
Reversion of series now gives
Since we may reduce to the case where the imaginary part of τ is greater than or equal to 1/2 sqrt(3), we can assume the absolute value of q is less than or equal to exp(-1/2 sqrt(3) π) ~ 0.0658; for values this small the above series converges very rapidly and easily allows us to find the appropriate value for q.
Definition in terms of Neville theta functions
Simplifications of complicated products of the Jacobi elliptic functions are often made easier using these identities.
The Jacobi imaginary transformations
The Jacobi imaginary transformations relate various functions of the imaginary variable i u or, equivalently, relations between various values of the m parameter. In terms of the major functions:506:
Using the multiplication rule, all other functions may be expressed in terms of the above three. The transformations may be generally written as . The following table gives the for the specified pq(u,m). (The arguments are supressed)
Jacobi Imaginary transformations q c s n d p c 1 i ns nc nd s -i sn 1 -i sc -i sd n cn i cs 1 cd d dn i ds dc 1
Since the hyperbolic trigonometric functions are proportional to the circular trigonometric functions with imaginary arguments, it follows that the Jacobi functions will yield the hyperbolic functions for m=1:249. In the figure, the Jacobi curve has degenerated to two vertical lines at x=1 and x=-1.
The Jacobi real transformations
The Jacobi real transformations:308 yield expressions for the elliptic functions in terms with alternate values of m. The transformations may be generally written as . The following table gives the for the specified pq(u,m). (The arguments are supressed)
Jacobi Real transformations q c s n d p c 1 ds dn dc s sd 1 sn sc n nd ns 1 nc d cd cs cn 1
Jacobi's real and imaginary transformations can be combined in various ways to yield three more simple transformations :214. The real and imaginary transformations are two transformations in a group (D3 or Anharmonic group) of six transformations. If
is the transformation for the m parameter in the real transformation, and
is the transformation of m in the imaginary transformation, then the other transformations can be built up by succesive application of these two basic transformations, yielding only three more possibilities:
These five transformations, along with the identity transformation (μU(m)=m) yield the 6 element group. With regard to the Jacobi elliptic functions, the general transformation can be expressed using just three functions:
where i = U, I, IR, R, RI, or RIR, identifying the transformation, γi is a multiplication factor common to these three functions, and the prime indicates the transformed function. The other nine transformed functions can be built up from the above three. The reason the cs, ns, ds functions were chosen to represent the transformation is that the other functions will be ratios of these three (except for their inverses) and the multiplication factors will cancel.
The following table lists the multiplication factors for the three ps functions, the transformed m 's, and the transformed function names for each of the six transformations:214. (As usual, k2=m, 1-k2=k12=m1 and the arguments () are supressed)
Parameters for the six transformations Transformation i cs' ns' ds' U 1 m cs ns ds I i m1 ns cs ds IR i k -m1/m ds cs ns R k 1/m ds ns cs RI i k1 1/m1 ns ds cs RIR k1 -m/m1 cs ds ns
Thus, for example, we may build the following table for the RIR transformation. The transformation is generally written (The arguments are supressed)
The RIR transformation q c s n d p c 1 cs cd cn s sc 1 sd sn n dc ds 1 dn d nc ns nd 1
The Jacobi hyperbola
Introducing complex numbers, our ellipse has an associated hyperbola:
from applying Jacobi's imaginary transformation to the elliptic functions in the above equation for x and y.
It follows that we can put . So our ellipse has a dual ellipse with m replaced by 1-m. This leads to the complex torus mentioned in the Introduction. 
Reversing the order of the two letters of the function name results in the reciprocals of the three functions above:
Similarly, the ratios of the three primary functions correspond to the first letter of the numerator followed by the first letter of the denominator:
More compactly, we have
where p and q are any of the letters s, c, d.
Periodicity, poles, and residues
In the complex plane of the argument u, the Jacobi elliptic functions form a repeating pattern of poles (and zeroes). The residues of the poles all have the same amplitude, differing only in sign. Each function pq(u,m) has an inverse function qp(u,m) in which the positions of the poles and zeroes are exchanged. The periods of repetition are generally different in the real and imaginary directions, hence the use of the term "doubly periodic" to describe them.
The double periodicity of the Jacobi elliptic functions may be expressed as:
where α and β are any pair of integers. K(.) is the complete elliptic integral of the first kind, also known as the quarter period. The power of negative unity (γ) is given in the following table:
q c s n d p c 0 β α+β α s β 0 α α+β n α+β α 0 β d α α+β β 0
When the factor (-1)γ is equal to -1, the equation expresses quasi-periodicity. When it is equal to unity, it expresses full periodicity. It can be seen, for example, that for the entries containing only α when α is even, full periodicity is expressed by the above equation, and the function has full periods of 4K(m) and 2iK(1-m). Likewise, functions with entries containing only β have full periods of 2K(m) and 4iK(1-m), while those with α + β have full periods of 4K(m) and 4iK(1-m).
In the diagram on the right, which plots one repeating unit for each function, indicating phase along with the location of poles and zeroes, a number of regularities can be noted: The inverse of each function is opposite the diagonal, and has the same size unit cell, with poles and zeroes exchanged. The pole and zero arrangement in the rectangle formed by (0,0), (Kr,0), (0,Ki) and (Kr,Ki) are in accordance with the description of the pole and zero placement describe in the introduction above. Also, the size of the white ovals indicating poles are a rough measure of the amplitude of the residue for that pole. The residues of the poles closest to the origin in the figure are listed in the following table:
Residues of Jacobi Elliptic Functions q c s n d p c 0 1 s 0 n 1 0 d -1 1 0
When applicable, poles displaced above by 2 Ki or displaced to the right by 2 Kr have the same value but with signs reversed, while those diagonally opposite have the same value. Note that poles and zeroes on the left and lower edges are considered part of the unit cell, while those on the upper and right edges are not.
Relations between squares of the functions
Relations between squares of the functions can be derived from two basic relationships (Arguments (u,m) suppressed):
where m + m1 = 1 and m = k2. Multiplying by any function of the form nq yields more general equations:
With q=d, these correspond trigonometrically to the equations for the unit circle () and the unit ellipse (), with x=cd, y=sd and r=nd. Using the multiplication rule, other relationships may be derived. For example:
The functions satisfy the two square relations
From this we see that (cn, sn, dn) parametrizes an elliptic curve which is the intersection of the two quadrics defined by the above two equations. We now may define a group law for points on this curve by the addition formulas for the Jacobi functions
Double angle formulae can be easily derived from the above equations by setting x=y. Half angle formulae are all of the form:
Expansion in terms of the nome
Jacobi elliptic functions as solutions of nonlinear ordinary differential equations
The derivatives of the three basic Jacobi elliptic functions are:
These can be used to derive the derivatives of all other functions as shown in the table below (arguments (u,m) suppressed):
|c||0||-ds ns||-dn sn||-m1 nd sd|
|s||dc nc||0||cn dn||cd nd|
|n||dc sc||-cs ds||0||m cd sd|
|d||m1 nc sc||-cs ns||-m cn sn||0|
- solves the differential equations
- solves the differential equations
- solves the differential equations
Approximation in terms of hyperbolic functions
The Jacobi elliptic functions can be expanded in terms of the hyperbolic functions. When is close to unity, such that and higher power of can be neglected, we have[clarification needed]
The inverses of the Jacobi elliptic functions can be defined similarly to the inverse trigonometric functions; if , . They can be represented as elliptic integrals, and power series representations have been found.
- Elliptic integral
- Elliptic curve
- Schwarz–Christoffel mapping
- Carlson symmetric form
- Jacobi theta function
- Ramanujan theta function
- Dixon elliptic functions
- Abel elliptic functions
- Weierstrass's elliptic functions
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