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Evaluate Integral of Bessel K Function

  1. Jul 9, 2013 #1
    Hey All

    Got a tough one and I'm just not seeing the path here. I need to find the close form expression of:

    The integral from zero to infinity:

    xλ * cos(2ax) * [Kv(x)]2 dx

    where Kv(x) is the modified Bessel function of the second kind of order v and argument x. If it helps, the value of v=1/3 and the value of λ=2/3

    The result will have the form of a hypergeometric function 2F1

    I've just been racking my brain for too long with this one. If anyone has some experience with Bessel functions, any help would be appreciated.
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  3. Jul 10, 2013 #2


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    Have you tried plugging it into Mathematica ?
  4. Jul 10, 2013 #3
    In[1]:= Integrate[x^(2/3)*Cos[2 a x]*BesselK[1/3, x]^2, {x, 0, Infinity}]

    Out[1]= ConditionalExpression[(Pi^2*Hypergeometric2F1[5/6, 7/6, 4/3, -a^2])/(4*Gamma[1/3]), Abs[Im[a]] <= 1]

    so if the absolute value of the imaginary component of a is less than or equal to 1 then you have your hypergeometric as expected.

    Verify this independently several different ways before you depend on it.

    Last edited: Jul 10, 2013
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