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Image of upper half-plane under the inverse sine

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Homework Statement



The problem is simply to find the image of the upper half-plane under the inverse sine function.

Homework Equations



The textbook defines the inverse sine in the following way. First, it defines arccos(w) = -i * log(w +/- sqrt(w^2 - 1)) and then it defines arcsin(w) = pi/2 - arccos(w).

The problem doesn't specify what branches of the logarithm and square root should be used. I'm going to assume the principal branches.

The Attempt at a Solution



I've attempted to just break the inverse sine into a sequence of compositions and to, so to speak, push the upper half-plane through this sequence, but I've not been able to identify a breakdown into suitably elementary functions allowing me to determine the images.

As for doing it directly, I'm just now seeing how to begin.
 

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I really hate to bump this, but does anybody have any ideas on how to approach the problem? I would significantly appreciate any advice!
 

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