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besselj

Bessel function of first kind

Syntax

J = besselj(nu,Z)
J = besselj(nu,Z,1)

Definitions

The differential equation

z2d2ydz2+zdydz+(z2ν2)y=0,

where ν is a real constant, is called Bessel's equation, and its solutions are known as Bessel functions.

Jν(z) and Jν(z) form a fundamental set of solutions of Bessel's equation for noninteger ν. Jν(z) is defined by

Jν(z)=(z2)ν(k=0)(z24)kk!Γ(ν+k+1)

where Γ(a) is the gamma function.

Yν(z) is a second solution of Bessel's equation that is linearly independent of Jν(z). It can be computed using bessely.

Description

J = besselj(nu,Z) computes the Bessel function of the first kind, Jν(z), for each element of the array Z. The order nu need not be an integer, but must be real. The argument Z can be complex. The result is real where Z is positive.

If nu and Z are arrays of the same size, the result is also that size. If either input is a scalar, it is expanded to the other input's size.

J = besselj(nu,Z,1) computes besselj(nu,Z).*exp(-abs(imag(Z))).

Examples

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Vector of Function Values

Create a column vector of domain values.

z = (0:0.2:1)';

Calculate the function values using besselj with nu = 1.

format long
besselj(1,z)
ans =

                   0
   0.099500832639236
   0.196026577955319
   0.286700988063916
   0.368842046094170
   0.440050585744934

Plot Bessel Functions of First Kind

Define the domain.

X = 0:0.1:20;

Calculate the first five Bessel functions of the first kind.

J = zeros(5,201);
for i = 0:4
    J(i+1,:) = besselj(i,X);
end

Plot the results.

plot(X,J,'LineWidth',1.5)
axis([0 20 -.5 1])
grid on
legend('J_0','J_1','J_2','J_3','J_4','Location','Best')
title('Bessel Functions of the First Kind for v = 0,1,2,3,4')
xlabel('X')
ylabel('J_v(X)')

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Tips

The Bessel functions are related to the Hankel functions, also called Bessel functions of the third kind, by the formula

Hν(1)(z)=Jν(z)+iYν(z)Hν(2)(z)=Jν(z)iYν(z)

where Hν(K)(z)is besselh, Jν(z) is besselj, and Yν(z) is bessely. The Hankel functions also form a fundamental set of solutions to Bessel's equation (see besselh).

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