On Jackson's q-Bessel Functions

Changgui Zhang

Université de La Rochelle (France)

Algorithms Seminar

October 30, 2000

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Abstract
An analytic study of linear q-difference equations leads to a simple derivation of some connection formulae, generalizing the asymptotic expansion of the Bessel Jn functions.

## 1  Differential and q-Difference Equations

Linear differential operators are polynomials in x and x=d/dx. These operators can be discretized using q-difference operators expressed in terms of q, x, and sq where sq(f)(x):=f(qx). When q®1, (sq-1)(f)(x)/(q-1) tends to xf'(x). This discretization is not unique. It gives rise to several generalizations of classical functions and identities relating them. C. Zhang's work is an analytic study of these operators, of the asymptotics of their solutions and the divergence of their series expansions.

A simple example of a q-difference equation is given by (xsq-1)y(x)=0. For |q|<1 and xÎC*:=C\{0}, a solution of this equation is the Jacobi function
qq(x):=
 å nÎZ
qn(n-1)/2xn=(q;q)¥(-x;q)¥(-q/x;q)¥
where the last equality is Jacobi's triple product identity, using the notation
(a;q)¥=(1-a)(1-aq)(1-aq2)···.
The product form shows that qq(x) is analytic in C*, and that its set of zeroes is -qZ.

Another important solution of the same equation is eq(x):=qlogqx(logqx-1)/2, equivalent to qq(x) when x®0. In the asymptotic behaviour of solutions in the neighbourhood of irregular singular points, the function eq plays the same role as the exponential in the differential case. Another simple equation is (sq-x)y(x)=0, which has q-logqx(logqx-1)/2 and 1/qq(x) as solutions. As opposed to the differential case, inverses of these analogues of the exponential are not obtained by changing x into -x.

A complete classification of the possible formal local behaviours of solutions of linear q-difference equations was obtained by Carmichael in 1912. For an equation of order m in sq with analytic coefficients at the origin, there exists a family of m formal solutions, each of which is of the form
yj(x)=xrjeq-kj(x)
 mj-1 å n=0
(logq x)nfj,n(x),     j=1,...,m,     (1)
where rjÎC, kjÎQ, mjÎN*, and fj,n(x)ÎC[[x1/d]] for some dÎN*. Each of these can be computed from the equation.

## 2  Hypergeometric and q-Hypergeometric Connection Formulae

The connection problem lies in expressing (the analytic continuation of) one of the above yj's that are defined at the origin as a linear combination in terms of a similar basis at another singular point. There is no general method to compute ``closed forms'' for these constants, except in special cases such as the hypergeometric case.

Hypergeometric series in the classical (differential) case are series F(x)=ån³0a(n)xn such that a(n+1)/a(n)=:r(n)=P(n)/Q(n) is a fixed rational function in n. In terms of the shift operator Sn this means that the sequence a(n) cancels Q(n)-P(n)Sn-1 from which it follows that the generating series F cancels the linear differential operator Q(xx)-P(xx)x. Introducing the roots of P and Q, hypergeometric series are classicaly denoted
pFq æ
è
 a1,...,ap b1,...,bq
½
½
x ö
ø
:=
 å n³0
(a1)n···(ap)n
(b1)n···(bq)n
xn
n!
,
where (a)n=a(a+1)···(a+n-1). This series is convergent for q>p and has only regular singularities if and only if p=q+1.

The q-analogue of this function is known as the rfs basic hypergeometric series. In this case the ratio of two consecutive coefficients is a fixed rational function in qn. The general form is
rfs æ
è
 a1,...,ar b1,...,bs
;q,x ö
ø
:=
 å n³0
(a1;q)n···(ap;q)n
(b1;q)n···(bs;q)n
( (-1)nqn(n-1)/2 ) s+1-rxn
,
where (a;q)n=(1-a)(1-aq)···(1-aqn-1).

A simple example is Heine's 2f1(a,b;c;q,x), which has Gauss's 2F1(a,b;g;x) as a limit when a=qa, b=qb, c=qg, and q®1. Heine's function satisfies a second-order q-difference equation. This equation has no irregular singularity (it is a Fuchsian equation). A general technique to relate solutions of such equations at 0 and infinity in the classical hypergeometric case is based on a Mellin--Barnes integral representation. This approach was extended to the q-difference case by Watson in 1910, who found that for ab¹0,
2f1(a,b;c;q,x)=C1(x2f1(a,aq/c;aq/b;q,cq/abx)+ C2(x2f1(b,bq/c;bq/a;q,cq/abx),     (2)
where
C1(x)=
(b,c/a;q)¥(ax,q/ax;q)¥
(c,b/a;q)¥(x,q/x;q)¥
,     C2(x)=
(a,c/b;q)¥(bx,q/bx;q)¥
(c,a/b;q)¥(x,q/x;q)¥
.
This method is presented in detail in Slater's book . The connection ``constants'' C1(x) and C2(x) are annihilated by sq-1 and are uniform (they satisfy Ck(xe2ip)=Ck(x)). Thus they are elliptic, since when expressed in (u,t) defined by x=exp(2ip u) and q=exp(-2ipt) with Á(t)>0 they are doubly periodic.

## 3  Jackson's q-Bessel Functions

Bessel functions are classically defined as solutions of the Bessel equation
 ( (x¶x-n)(x¶x+n)+x2 ) y(x)=0.
When nÏZ, a basis of solutions is given by the Bessel Jn(x) and J-n(x) functions, which can be expressed in terms of the hypergeometric series by
J±n(x)=
(x/2)±n
Gn+1)
2F1(1,1;±n+1;-x2/4).
The Bessel equation can be derived from the differential equation of the 2F1 by confluence: this is achieved by considering 2F1(n+1/2,b;2n+1;x/b) and letting b tend to infinity. In this process, the singularity at infinity becomes irregular.

Similarly, Jackson introduced in 1905 two q-analogues of the Bessel functions,
Jn(1)(x;q)
=
(qn+1;q)¥
(q;q)¥
æ
ç
ç
è
x
2
ö
÷
÷
ø
n2f1 æ
ç
ç
è
0,0;qn+1;q,-
x2
4
ö
÷
÷
ø
,
Jn(2)(x;q)
=
(qn+1;q)¥
(q;q)¥
æ
ç
ç
è
x
2
ö
÷
÷
ø
n0f1 æ
ç
ç
è
;qn+1;q,-
x2qn+1
4
ö
÷
÷
ø
.
(3)
The classical Jn function is recovered in two ways by letting q tend to 1 in Jn(k)(x(1-q);q) for kÎ{1,2}. The radiuses of convergence of the basic hypergeometric series (in q) given here are respectively finite for Jn(1) (provided |x|<2) and infinite for Jn(2).

These functions are solutions of two q-difference equations of order 2 in sp with p=(q)1/2 that are easily derived from (3). These equations can be seen as arising from the equation of the 2f1 by confluence, but it is not clear how to use this process in order to obtain a connection formula by a limiting process from (2). As in the classical case, both Jn(k) and J-n(k) are independent solutions of their respective q-difference equation, for k=1,2. The equations have a regular singularity at the origin and an irregular singularity at infinity.

## 4  Derivation of Connection Formulae

Connection formulae between the series expansions (3) and the (unique) basis of formal solutions at infinity of the form given by (1) generalize the classical asymptotic expansion
Jn(x)=
e
-i
p
4
(2n+1)

(2p x)1/2
eix2F0 æ
ç
ç
è
-n+
1
2
,n+
1
2
;;
2i
x
ö
÷
÷
ø
+
e
i
p
4
(2n+1)

(2p x)1/2
e-ix2F0 æ
ç
ç
è
-n+
1
2
,n+
1
2
;;-
2i
x
ö
÷
÷
ø
.     (4)
(A nice application of this formula is the derivation of an asymptotic expansion of the location of the zeroes of Jn(x); this generalizes to those of Jn(2).)

 ( sp2-(pn+p-n)sp+(1+x2/4) ) y(x)=0.
By changing x into 1/t and y(x) into z(1/t), the equation becomes
æ
ç
ç
è
æ
ç
ç
è
1+
1
4p4t2
ö
÷
÷
ø
sp2-(pn+p-n)sp+1 ö
÷
÷
ø
z(t)=0.
The exponential part of the behaviour (see Eq. (1)) is sought in terms of Ea(t)=1/qp(-a t), which is cancelled by sp+a t. The change of unknown function z(t)=Ea(t)fa(t) leads to
æ
ç
ç
è
æ
ç
ç
è
1+
1
4p4t2
ö
÷
÷
ø
a2pt2sp2-a t(pn+p-n)sp-1 ö
÷
÷
ø
fa(t)=0.
Thus, by choosing a such that a2=4p3, one gets an equation for fa which has power series solutions. A further simplification is achieved by considering the ``p-Borel transform'' of the series fa:
ga(t):=B pfa(t)=
 å n³0
anp-n(n-1)/2tn,     (5)
where an are the coefficients of fa. By the commutation rule Bp(tmspl)=p-m(m-1)/2tmspl-mBp, ga is solution of a two-term q-difference equation. This is easily solved to find
ga(t)=
1
(-a pnt;q)¥(-a p-nt;q)¥
.
It follows that ga is meromorphic in C with (simple) poles at {-pn-2n/a,-p-n-2n/a} for nÎN, which implies that fa is an entire function.

In order to recover fa from ga, the p-Borel transform of (5) is reverted by means of a Hadamard product of ga with qp. This leads to a Cauchy integral representation from which a residue computation yields the connection formula. The Cauchy integral is
fa(t)=
1
2p i
ó
õ
 |t|=r
ga(t)qp(t/t)
dt
t
,
where r<min(|pn/a|,|p-n/a|). The only residues come from the poles of ga. The asymptotic behaviour of ga implies that this integral is equal to the sum of the residues and an actual computation of these residues leads to
fa(t)=
qp(-a qn/2 t)
(q;q)¥(q-n;q)¥
2f1(0,0;qn+1;q,-x2/4) +
qp(-a q-n/2 t)
(q;q)¥(qn;q)¥
2f1(0,0;q-n+1;q,-x2/4),
where xt=1 and |x|<2. With very little rewriting, this is the desired connection formula. The limiting behaviour of this formula when q®1 is studied in .

The second family of q-Bessel functions is actually related to the first one by a relation discovered by Hahn in 1949:
Jn(2)(x;q)=(-x2/4;q)¥Jn(1)(x;q),     |x|<2.
Another way of viewing the relation between these functions is through the p-Laplace transform that sends xn to pn(n-1)/2xn. Then the transform of the 2f1 in the definition of Jn(1) is the 0f1 in that of Jn(2). From there, a Cauchy integral representation follows and again a residue computation gives the connection formula, thanks to extra considerations about the asymptotic behaviour of the integrand.

It has been observed that the connection ``constants'' possess the nice property that they are elliptic in the case of Heine's function. This is a general phenomenon . The formulae in the q-world imply important identities (after all, Jacobi's triple product can be seen as a connection formula). Recent work by Changgui Zhang shows that the limiting behaviour of these q-connection formulae when q®1 yields the Stokes phenomenon of the differential world.

## References


Andrews (George E.), Askey (Richard), and Roy (Ranjan). -- Special functions. -- Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1999, xvi+664p.


Gasper (George) and Rahman (Mizan). -- Basic hypergeometric series. -- Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1990, xx+287p. With a foreword by Richard Askey.


Sauloy (Jacques). -- Systèmes aux q-différences singuliers réguliers : classification, matrice de connexion et monodromie. Annales de l'Institut Fourier, vol. 50, n°4, 2000, pp. 1021--1071.


Slater (Lucy Joan). -- Generalized hypergeometric functions. -- Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1966, xiii+273p.


Zhang (Changgui). -- Sur la sommabilité des séries entières solutions formelles des équations aux q-différences linéaires et à coefficients analytiques. -- Mémoire d'habilitation, Université de La Rochelle, 2000.

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