What is Bessel functions: Definition and 83 Discussions

Bessel functions, first defined by the mathematician Daniel Bernoulli and then generalized by Friedrich Bessel, are canonical solutions y(x) of Bessel's differential equation




















{\displaystyle x^{2}{\frac {d^{2}y}{dx^{2}}}+x{\frac {dy}{dx}}+\left(x^{2}-\alpha ^{2}\right)y=0}
for an arbitrary complex number α, the order of the Bessel function. Although α and −α produce the same differential equation, it is conventional to define different Bessel functions for these two values in such a way that the Bessel functions are mostly smooth functions of α.
The most important cases are when α is an integer or half-integer. Bessel functions for integer α are also known as cylinder functions or the cylindrical harmonics because they appear in the solution to Laplace's equation in cylindrical coordinates. Spherical Bessel functions with half-integer α are obtained when the Helmholtz equation is solved in spherical coordinates.

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  1. S

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  5. H

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  8. tworitdash

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  10. R

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  11. Ben Wilson

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  12. ntran26

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  14. P

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  15. sunrah

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  18. saybrook1

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  19. Ackbach

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  20. W

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  21. S

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  27. ShayanJ

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  34. IridescentRain

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  35. Fernando Revilla

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  37. J

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  38. M

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  41. alexmahone

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  42. alexmahone

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  43. V

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  44. S

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  45. M

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  46. M

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  47. B

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  48. A

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