Jacobi's Imaginary Transformation

Jacobi's imaginary transformations relate elliptic functions to other elliptic functions of the same type but having different arguments. In the case of the Jacobi elliptic functions snu, cnu, and dnu, the transformations are


where k is the elliptic modulus, and k^'=sqrt(1-k^2) is the complementary modulus (Abramowitz and Stegun 1972; Whittaker and Watson 1990, p. 505).

In the case of the Jacobi theta functions, Jacobi's imaginary transformation gives




and (-itau)^(-1/2) is interpreted as satisfying |arg(-itau)|<pi/2 (Whittaker and Watson 1990, p. 475).

Equation (6) can be written as the functional equation


where x=-itau and tau is the half-period ratio (Davenport 1980, p. 62). This form is useful for computing theta(x) for small x>0, since then the series for theta(1/x) converges much faster than that for theta(x). In his paper of 1859, Riemann used this functional equation for the theta function in one of his proofs of the functional equation for the Riemann zeta function (Davenport 1980).

These transformations were first obtained by Jacobi (1828), but Poisson (1827) had previously obtained a formula equivalent to one of the four, and from which the other three follow from elementary algebra (Whittaker and Watson 1990, p. 475).

See also

Jacobi Elliptic Functions, Jacobi Theta Functions

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