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Recurrence relations define solutions to Bessel equation

  1. May 25, 2015 #1
    I'm trying to show that a function defined with the following recurence relations
    $$\frac{dZ_m(x)}{dx}=\frac{1}{2}(Z_{m-1}-Z_{m+1})$$ and $$\frac{2m}{x}Z_m=Z_{m+1}+Z_{m-1}$$ satisfies the Bessel differential equation
    However, whenever I do the substitution, I end up with
    I know that these recurence relations can be derived from the solutions to Bessel's equation, so I don't see why I'm not getting the correct result.
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  3. May 28, 2015 #2


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    Apply d/dx to the first equation to get the second derivative you need. Add 1/x times the first derivative and the second derivative. Use the recursion to change all the m+2, m+1, m-1, and m-2 into m. Collect like terms. You should get Bessel.
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