In mathematics, particularly p-adic analysis, the p-adic exponential function is a p-adic analogue of the usual exponential function on the complex numbers. As in the complex case, it has an inverse function, named the p-adic logarithm.

Definition

The usual exponential function on C is defined by the infinite series

$\exp(z)=\sum _{n=0}^{\infty }{\frac {z^{n}}{n!}}.$ Entirely analogously, one defines the exponential function on Cp, the completion of the algebraic closure of Qp, by

$\exp _{p}(z)=\sum _{n=0}^{\infty }{\frac {z^{n}}{n!}}.$ However, unlike exp which converges on all of C, expp only converges on the disc

$|z|_{p} This is because p-adic series converge if and only if the summands tend to zero, and since the n! in the denominator of each summand tends to make them very large p-adically, rather a small value of z is needed in the numerator.

The power series

$\log(1+x)=\sum _{n=1}^{\infty }{\frac {(-1)^{n+1}x^{n}}{n}},$ converges for x in Cp satisfying |x|p < 1 and so defines the p-adic logarithm function logp(z) for |z − 1|p < 1 satisfying the usual property logp(zw) = logpz + logpw. The function logp can be extended to all of C ×
p

(the set of nonzero elements of Cp) by imposing that it continues to satisfy this last property and setting logp(p) = 0. Specifically, every element w of C ×
p

can be written as w = pr·ζ·z with r a rational number, ζ a root of unity, and |z − 1|p < 1, in which case logp(w) = logp(z). This function on C ×
p

is sometimes called the Iwasawa logarithm to emphasize the choice of logp(p) = 0. In fact, there is an extension of the logarithm from |z − 1|p < 1 to all of C ×
p

for each choice of logp(p) in Cp.

Properties

If z and w are both in the radius of convergence for expp, then their sum is too and we have the usual addition formula: expp(z + w) = expp(z)expp(w).

Similarly if z and w are nonzero elements of Cp then logp(zw) = logpz + logpw.

For z in the domain of expp, we have expp(logp(1+z)) = 1+z and logp(expp(z)) = z.

The roots of the Iwasawa logarithm logp(z) are exactly the elements of Cp of the form pr·ζ where r is a rational number and ζ is a root of unity.

Note that there is no analogue in Cp of Euler's identity, e2πi = 1. This is a corollary of Strassmann's theorem.

Another major difference to the situation in C is that the domain of convergence of expp is much smaller than that of logp. A modified exponential function — the Artin–Hasse exponential — can be used instead which converges on |z|p < 1.