The double points of Mathieu's differential equation

Authors:
G. Blanch and D. S. Clemm

Journal:
Math. Comp. **23** (1969), 97-108

MSC:
Primary 65.25

MathSciNet review:
0239727

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Abstract: Mathieu's differential equation, , admits of solutions of period or for four countable sets of characteristic values, , which can be ordered as . The power series expansions for the converge up to the first double point for that order in the complex plane. [At a double point, .] The present work furnishes the double points for orders up to and including 15. These double points are singular points, and the usual methods of determining the characteristic values break down at a singular point. However, it was possible to determine two smooth functions in which one could interpolate for both and at the singular point. The method is quite general and can be used in other problems as well.

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DOI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1090/S0025-5718-1969-0239727-4

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