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Functions with real poles and zeros

Raymond Moos Redheffer

Vol. 24 (1968), No. 2, 345–378

Throughout this paper {λn} is a real sequence with λn0 and λn λn+1,−∞ < n < . The counting function Λ1(u) is the number of λn between 0 and u, counted negatively for negative u. Similarly μn is a real sequence with μn0 and with counting function Λ2(u). In this summary (which corresponds to the case p = 1 of the paper) we define

       ∏  (1-−-z∕λn)ez∕λn-
F (z) =    (1 − z∕μn)ez∕μn

by taking all factors for which λn and ∕xn lie on the interval (R,R) and then letting R →∞. Our objective is to obtain conditions on the growth of F(z) from conditions on the function Λ(u) = Λ1(u) Λ2(u).

Denoting the even part of Λ(u) by Λe(u), we can state our first result as follows: Suppose Λ(u) = O(u) and

 lim (Λ-(ur) − Λ(r∕u)) = 0
r→∞    ur     r∕u

for each u0. Then

        i𝜃                                  ∫ rΛ (u )
log|F(re )| = πΛ(r)|sin𝜃|− 2Λe(r)𝜃sin𝜃 + rcos𝜃  -u2- du

apart from an error term ηr log |2csc𝜃|, where η 0 uniformly in 0 < |𝜃| < π as r →∞. This improves theorems of Pfluger, Kahane and Rubel, Cartwright, and others, in that we do not assume existence of limΛ(u)∕u, we do not assume that F is entire or even, and the error term has a convergent integral with respect to 𝜃. Similar theorems for functions with negative poles and zeros, given later in the paper, generalize other familiar results. Here the error term involves log(2sec1

Another kind of result is briefly described as follows: Let R = R(x) and S = S(x) be positive functions such that the ratios x∕R,R∕x,x∕S,S∕x are bounded as |x|→∞. Then for many purposes the function

          ∫ |x|Λ(u)
logF(z)− z − |x| u2 du

can be replaced by the function

∗           x+S-Λ(u)
Λ  (z;R,S ) = x−R z − u du.

This remark is given content by detailed estimates of the error and of Λ. (For simplicity of statement the text takes R = S but the form mentioned here is sometimes more convenient, and is allowed by the proofs.) The development leads to a simple, systematic method of proving variety of growth theorems. Formulation of such a method is a principal goal of this paper, and our specific examples are intended only for illustration.

Mathematical Subject Classification
Primary: 30.60
Received: 8 February 1966
Published: 1 February 1968
Raymond Moos Redheffer