Mathieu Functions

Mathieu functions

[ma′tyü ‚fəŋk·shənz]
Any solution of the Mathieu equation which is periodic and an even or odd function.

Mathieu Functions


special functions introduced by the French mathematician E. Mathieu in 1868 in the course of his work on the vibrations of an elliptical membrane. Mathieu functions are also used in the study of the propagation of electromagnetic waves in an elliptical cylinder and in the examination of tidal waves in a container having the shape of an elliptical cylinder. Even or odd functions that are periodic solutions of the linear second-order differential equation (Mathieu’s equation)

are termed Mathieu functions. The condition that the solution of this equation be periodic determines a sequence of values for λ dependent on q. If q = 0, then λ = n2 (n = 1, 2, …), and the Mathieu functions in this case are cos nz and sin nz. For q ≠ 0, the Mathieu functions, denoted by cen(z, q) and sen(z, q), can be represented in the form

where ank and bnk depend on q; ε = 0 for even n and ε = 1 for odd n.


Whittaker, E. T., and G. N. Watson.Kurs sovremennogo analiza, part 2, 2nd ed. Moscow, 1963. (Translated from English.)
McLachlan, N. W. Teoriia i prilozhentiia funktsii Mat’e. Moscow, 1953. (Translated from English.)
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The solution of such an equation invariably leads to Mathieu functions [Alhargan 1996; Alhargan and Judah 1992; McLachlan 1947; Morse and Feshbach 1953; NBS 1967].
Many algorithms have been devised to compute Mathieu functions with various degrees of success [Alhargan 1996; Arscott and Shymansky 1978; Blanch 1966; Leeb 1979; McLachlan 1947; Morse and Feshbach 1953; NBS 1967; Rengarajan and Lewis 1980; Shirts 1993a; 1993b; Toyama and Shogan 1984; Wimp 1984].
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