An overview is given for the Dirichlet-to-Neumann map for outgoing solutions to the radial wave equation' in the context of nonreflecting radiation boundary conditions on a spherical domain. We then consider the Macdonald function K_l+1/2 (z) for l \u2208 Z \u22650 , a solution to the half-integer order modified Bessel equation. This function can be expressed as K_l+1/2 (z) = sqrt(\u03c0/2z)e^−z z^−l p_l (z), where p_l (z) is a degree-l monic polynomial with simple roots in the left-half plane. By exploiting radiation boundary conditions for the 'radial wave equation', we show that the root set of p_l (z) also obeys l additional polynomial constraints. These constraints are in fact Newton's identities which relate a polynomial's coefficients to the power sums of its roots. We follow this with numerical verification up to order l = 20.
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Mathematics & Statistics
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Second Committee Member
National Science Foundation
Macdonald function, Bessel equation, radial wave equation, Newton's identities, Mathematica
Tejeda, Kaylee. "On Roots of the Macdonald Function." (2014). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/math_etds/47