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Note on the Kelvin phase functions
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Both theoretical consistency and practical convenience demand that the values of the Kelvin phase functions ${\theta _n}(x)$ and ${\phi _n}(x)$ be defined uniquely and be well-ordered in n. This is achieved by taking, for $n \geqslant 0$, ${\theta _n}(0) = - {\phi _n}(0) = 3n\pi /4$. The necessary amendments to extant tables are indicated.
    N. W. McLACHLAN, Bessel Functions for Engineers, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1934.
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  • Journal: Math. Comp. 33 (1979), 337-341
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