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Iwanami Series in Modern Mathematics
Algebraic Analysis of Singular Perturbation Theory
Takahiro Kawai, Kyoto University, Japan, and Yoshitsugu Takei, Kyoto, Japan

Translations of Mathematical Monographs
Iwanami Series in Modern Mathematics
2005; 129 pp; softcover
Volume: 227
ISBN-10: 0-8218-3547-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-3547-0
List Price: US$35
Member Price: US$28
Order Code: MMONO/227
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The topic of this book is the study of singular perturbations of ordinary differential equations, i.e., perturbations that represent solutions as asymptotic series rather than as analytic functions in a perturbation parameter. The main method used is the so-called WKB (Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin) method, originally invented for the study of quantum-mechanical systems. The authors describe in detail the WKB method and its applications to the study of monodromy problems for Fuchsian differential equations and to the analysis of Painlevé functions. The volume is suitable for graduate students and researchers interested in differential equations and special functions.


Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in differential equations and special functions.

Table of Contents

  • Borel resummation
  • WKB analysis of Schrödinger equations
  • Applications of WKB analysis to global problems
  • WKB analysis of the Painlevé function
  • Future directions and projects
  • Appendix
  • Bibliography
  • Index
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