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§10.42 Zeros

Properties of the zeros of Iν(z) and Kν(z) may be deduced from those of Jν(z) and Hν(1)(z), respectively, by application of the transformations (10.27.6) and (10.27.8).

For example, if ν is real, then the zeros of Iν(z) are all complex unless -2<ν<-(2-1) for some positive integer , in which event Iν(z) has two real zeros.

The distribution of the zeros of Kn(nz) in the sector -32πphz12π in the cases n=1,5,10 is obtained on rotating Figures 10.21.2, 10.21.4, 10.21.6, respectively, through an angle -12π so that in each case the cut lies along the positive imaginary axis. The zeros in the sector -12πphz32π are their conjugates.

Kn(z) has no zeros in the sector |phz|12π; this result remains true when n is replaced by any real number ν. For the number of zeros of Kν(z) in the sector |phz|π, when ν is real, see Watson (1944, pp. 511–513).

For z-zeros of Kν(z), with complex ν, see Ferreira and Sesma (2008).

See also Kerimov and Skorokhodov (1984b, a).