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§31.10 Integral Equations and Representations

  1. §31.10(i) Type I
  2. §31.10(ii) Type II

§31.10(i) Type I

If w(z) is a solution of Heun’s equation, then another solution W(z) (possibly a multiple of w(z)) can be represented as

31.10.1 W(z)=C𝒦(z,t)w(t)ρ(t)dt

for a suitable contour C. The weight function is given by

31.10.2 ρ(t)=tγ1(t1)δ1(ta)ϵ1,

and the kernel 𝒦(z,t) is a solution of the partial differential equation

31.10.3 (𝒟z𝒟t)𝒦=0,

where 𝒟z is Heun’s operator in the variable z:

31.10.4 𝒟z=z(z1)(za)(2/z2)+(γ(z1)(za)+δz(za)+ϵz(z1))(/z)+αβz.

The contour C must be such that

31.10.5 p(t)(𝒦tw(t)𝒦dw(t)dt)|C=0,


31.10.6 p(t)=tγ(t1)δ(ta)ϵ.

Kernel Functions


31.10.7 cosθ =(zta)1/2,
sinθcosϕ =i((za)(ta)a(1a))1/2,
sinθsinϕ =((z1)(t1)1a)1/2.

The kernel 𝒦 must satisfy

31.10.8 sin2θ(2𝒦θ2+((12γ)tanθ+2(δ+ϵ12)cotθ)𝒦θ4αβ𝒦)+2𝒦ϕ2+((12δ)cotϕ(12ϵ)tanϕ)𝒦ϕ=0.

The solutions of (31.10.8) are given in terms of the Riemann P-symbol (see §15.11(i)) as

31.10.9 𝒦(θ,ϕ)=P{01012δσαcos2θ1γ12ϵ+σβ}P{010012+δ+σcos2ϕ1ϵ1δ12+ϵσ},

where σ is a separation constant. For integral equations satisfied by the Heun polynomial Hpn,m(z) we have σ=12δj, j=0,1,,n.

For suitable choices of the branches of the P-symbols in (31.10.9) and the contour C, we can obtain both integral equations satisfied by Heun functions, as well as the integral representations of a distinct solution of Heun’s equation in terms of a Heun function (polynomial, path-multiplicative solution).

Example 1


31.10.10 𝒦(z,t)=(zta)12δσF12(12δσ+α,12δσ+βγ;zta)×F12(12+δ+σ,12+ϵσδ;a(z1)(t1)(a1)(zta)),

where γ>0, δ>0, and C be the Pochhammer double-loop contour about 0 and 1 (as in §31.9(i)). Then the integral equation (31.10.1) is satisfied by w(z)=wm(z) and W(z)=κmwm(z), where wm(z)=(0,1)Hfm(a,qm;α,β,γ,δ;z) and κm is the corresponding eigenvalue.

Example 2

Fuchs–Frobenius solutions Wm(z)=κ~mzαH(1/a,qm;α,αγ+1,αβ+1,δ;1/z) are represented in terms of Heun functions wm(z)=(0,1)Hfm(a,qm;α,β,γ,δ;z) by (31.10.1) with W(z)=Wm(z), w(z)=wm(z), and with kernel chosen from

31.10.11 𝒦(z,t)=(zta)12δσ(zt/a)12+δ+σα×F12(12δσ+α,32δσ+αγαβ+1;azt)×P{010012+δ+σ(za)(ta)(1a)(zta)1ϵ1δ12+ϵσ}.

Here κ~m is a normalization constant and C is the contour of Example 1.

§31.10(ii) Type II

If w(z) is a solution of Heun’s equation, then another solution W(z) (possibly a multiple of w(z)) can be represented as

31.10.12 W(z)=C1C2𝒦(z;s,t)w(s)w(t)ρ(s,t)dsdt

for suitable contours C1, C2. The weight function is

31.10.13 ρ(s,t)=(st)(st)γ1((1s)(1t))δ1((1(s/a))(1(t/a)))ϵ1,

and the kernel 𝒦(z;s,t) is a solution of the partial differential equation

31.10.14 ((tz)𝒟s+(zs)𝒟t+(st)𝒟z)𝒦=0,

where 𝒟z is given by (31.10.4). The contours C1, C2 must be chosen so that

31.10.15 p(t)(𝒦tw(t)𝒦dw(t)dt)|C1 =0,
31.10.16 p(s)(𝒦sw(s)𝒦dw(s)ds)|C2 =0,

where p(t) is given by (31.10.6).

Kernel Functions


31.10.17 u =(stz)1/2a,
v =((s1)(t1)(z1)1a)1/2,
w =i((sa)(ta)(za)a(1a))1/2.

The kernel 𝒦 must satisfy

31.10.18 2𝒦u2+2𝒦v2+2𝒦w2+2γ1u𝒦u+2δ1v𝒦v+2ϵ1w𝒦w=0.

This equation can be solved in terms of cylinder functions 𝒞ν(z)10.2(ii)):

31.10.19 𝒦(u,v,w)=u1γv1δw1ϵ𝒞1γ(uσ1)𝒞1δ(vσ2)𝒞1ϵ(iwσ1+σ2),

where σ1 and σ2 are separation constants.

Transformation of Independent Variable

A further change of variables, to spherical coordinates,

31.10.20 u =rcosθ,
v =rsinθsinϕ,
w =rsinθcosϕ,

leads to the kernel equation

31.10.21 2𝒦r2+2(γ+δ+ϵ)1r𝒦r+1r22𝒦θ2+(2(δ+ϵ)1)cotθ(2γ1)tanθr2𝒦θ+1r2sin2θ2𝒦ϕ2+(2δ1)cotϕ(2ϵ1)tanϕr2sin2θ𝒦ϕ=0.

This equation can be solved in terms of hypergeometric functions (§15.11(i)):

31.10.22 𝒦(r,θ,ϕ)=rmsin2pθP{0100acos2θ12(3γ)cb}P{0100acos2ϕ1ϵ1δb},


31.10.23 m2+2(α+β)mσ1 =0,
p2+(α+βγ12)p14σ2 =0,
a+b =2(α+β+p)1,
ab =p2p(1αβ)14σ1,
c =γ122(α+β+p),
a+b =δ+ϵ1,
ab =14σ2,

and σ1 and σ2 are separation constants.

For integral equations for special confluent Heun functions (§31.12) see Kazakov and Slavyanov (1996).