# §4.37 Inverse Hyperbolic Functions

## §4.37(i) General Definitions

The general values of the inverse hyperbolic functions are defined by

4.37.1
4.37.2
4.37.3,
4.37.4
4.37.5
4.37.6

In (4.37.1) the integration path may not pass through either of the points , and the function assumes its principal value when is real. In (4.37.2) the integration path may not pass through either of the points , and the function assumes its principal value when . Elsewhere on the integration paths in (4.37.1) and (4.37.2) the branches are determined by continuity. In (4.37.3) the integration path may not intersect . Each of the six functions is a multivalued function of . and have branch points at ; the other four functions have branch points at .

## §4.37(ii) Principal Values

The principal values (or principal branches) of the inverse , , and are obtained by introducing cuts in the -plane as indicated in Figure 4.37.1(i)-(iii), and requiring the integration paths in (4.37.1)–(4.37.3) not to cross these cuts. Compare the principal value of the logarithm (§4.2(i)). The principal branches are denoted by , , respectively. Each is two-valued on the corresponding cut(s), and each is real on the part of the real axis that remains after deleting the intersections with the corresponding cuts.

The principal values of the inverse hyperbolic cosecant, hyperbolic secant, and hyperbolic tangent are given by

4.37.7
4.37.8
4.37.9.

These functions are analytic in the cut plane depicted in Figure 4.37.1(iv), (v), (vi), respectively.

Except where indicated otherwise, it is assumed throughout the DLMF that the inverse hyperbolic functions assume their principal values.

Graphs of the principal values for real arguments are given in §4.29. This section also indicates conformal mappings, and surface plots for complex arguments.

4.37.10
4.37.11.
4.37.12.

## §4.37(iv) Logarithmic Forms

Throughout this subsection all quantities assume their principal values.

### ¶ Inverse Hyperbolic Cosine

the upper or lower sign being taken according as ; compare Figure 4.37.1(ii). Also,

It should be noted that the imaginary axis is not a cut; the function defined by (4.37.19) and (4.37.20) is analytic everywhere except on . Compare Figure 4.37.1(ii).

On the part of the cuts from −1 to 1

the upper/lower sign corresponding to the upper/lower side.

On the part of the cut from to −1

the upper/lower sign corresponding to the upper/lower side.

### ¶ Inverse Hyperbolic Tangent

4.37.24;

compare Figure 4.37.1(iii). On the cuts

the upper/lower sign corresponding to the upper/lower sides.

### ¶ Other Inverse Functions

For the corresponding results for , , and , use (4.37.7)–(4.37.9); compare §4.23(iv).

## §4.37(vi) Interrelations

Table 4.30.1 can also be used to find interrelations between inverse hyperbolic functions. For example, .