 Riemann zeta function

The Riemann zeta function, ζ(s), is a function of a complex variable s that analytically continues the sum of the infinite series which converges when the real part of s is greater than 1. More general representations of ζ(s) for all s are given below. The Riemann zeta function plays a pivotal role in analytic number theory and has applications in physics, probability theory, and applied statistics.
First results about this function were obtained by Leonhard Euler in the eighteenth century. It is named after Bernhard Riemann, who in the memoir "On the Number of Primes Less Than a Given Magnitude", published in 1859, established a relation between its zeros and the distribution of prime numbers.^{[1]}
The values of the Riemann zeta function at even positive integers were computed by Euler. The first of them, ζ(2), provides a solution to the Basel problem. In 1979 Apéry proved the irrationality of ζ(3). The values at negative integer points, also found by Euler, are rational numbers and play an important role in the theory of modular forms. Many generalizations of the Riemann zeta function, such as Dirichlet series, Dirichlet Lfunctions and Lfunctions, are known.
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Definition
The Riemann zeta function ζ(s) is a function of a complex variable s = σ + it (here, s, σ and t are traditional notations associated to the study of the ζfunction). The following infinite series converges for all complex numbers s with real part greater than 1, and defines ζ(s) in this case:
The Riemann zeta function is defined as the analytic continuation of the function defined for σ > 1 by the sum of the preceding series.
Leonhard Euler considered the above series in 1740 for positive integer values of s, and later Chebyshev extended the definition to real s > 1.^{[2]}
The above series is a prototypical Dirichlet series that converges absolutely to an analytic function for s such that σ > 1 and diverges for all other values of s. Riemann showed that the function defined by the series on the halfplane of convergence can be continued analytically to all complex values s ≠ 1. For s = 1 the series is the harmonic series which diverges to +∞, and
Thus the Riemann zeta function is a meromorphic function on the whole complex splane, which is holomorphic everywhere except for a simple pole at s = 1 with residue 1.
Specific values
For any positive even number 2n,
where B_{2n} is a Bernoulli number; for negative integers, one has
for n ≥ 1, so in particular ζ vanishes at the negative even integers because B_{m} = 0 for all odd m other than 1. No such simple expression is known for odd positive integers.
The values of the zeta function obtained from integral arguments are called zeta constants. The following are the most commonly used values of the Riemann zeta function.

 this is the harmonic series.
 (sequence A078434 in OEIS)
 this is employed in calculating the critical temperature for a Bose–Einstein condensate in a box with periodic boundary conditions, and for spin wave physics in magnetic systems.
 (sequence A013661 in OEIS)
 the demonstration of this equality is known as the Basel problem. The reciprocal of this sum answers the question: What is the probability that two numbers selected at random are relatively prime?^{[3]}

 this is called Apéry's constant.

 Stefan–Boltzmann law and Wien approximation in physics.
Euler product formula
The connection between the zeta function and prime numbers was discovered by Leonhard Euler, who proved the identity
where, by definition, the left hand side is ζ(s) and the infinite product on the right hand side extends over all prime numbers p (such expressions are called Euler products):
Both sides of the Euler product formula converge for Re(s) > 1. The proof of Euler's identity uses only the formula for the geometric series and the fundamental theorem of arithmetic. Since the harmonic series, obtained when s = 1, diverges, Euler's formula (which becomes ) implies that there are infinitely many primes.^{[4]}
The Euler product formula can be used to calculate the asymptotic probability that s randomly selected integers are setwise coprime. Intuitively, the probability that any single number is divisible by a prime (or any integer), p is 1/p. Hence the probability that s numbers are all divisible by this prime is 1/p^{s}, and the probability that at least one of them is not is 1 − 1/p^{s}. Now, for distinct primes, these divisibility events are mutually independent because the candidate divisors are coprime (a number is divisible by coprime divisors n and m if and only if it is divisible by nm, an event which occurs with probability 1/(nm).) Thus the asymptotic probability that s numbers are coprime is given by a product over all primes,
(More work is required to derive this result formally.)^{[5]}
The functional equation
The Riemann zeta function satisfies the functional equation
where Γ(s) is the gamma function, which is an equality of meromorphic functions valid on the whole complex plane. This equation relates values of the Riemann zeta function at the points s and 1 − s. The functional equation (owing to the properties of sin) implies that ζ(s) has a simple zero at each even negative integer s = − 2n — these are the trivial zeros of ζ(s).For s an even positive integer, the product sin(πs/2)Γ(1−s) is regular and the functional equation relates the values of the Riemann zeta function at odd negative integers and even positive integers.
The functional equation was established by Riemann in his 1859 paper On the Number of Primes Less Than a Given Magnitude and used to construct the analytic continuation in the first place. An equivalent relationship had been conjectured by Euler over a hundred years earlier, in 1749, for the Dirichlet eta function (alternating zeta function)
Incidentally, this relation is interesting also because it actually exhibits ζ(s) as a Dirichlet series (of the ηfunction) which is convergent (albeit nonabsolutely) in the larger halfplane σ > 0 (not just σ > 1), up to an elementary factor.
Riemann also found a symmetric version of the functional equation, given by first defining
The functional equation is then given by
(Riemann defined a similar but different function which he called ξ(t).)
Zeros, the critical line, and the Riemann hypothesis
Main article: Riemann hypothesisThe functional equation shows that the Riemann zeta function has zeros at −2, −4, ... . These are called the trivial zeros. They are trivial in the sense that their existence is relatively easy to prove, for example, from sin(πs/2) being 0 in the functional equation. The nontrivial zeros have captured far more attention because their distribution not only is far less understood but, more importantly, their study yields impressive results concerning prime numbers and related objects in number theory. It is known that any nontrivial zero lies in the open strip {s ∈ C: 0 < Re(s) < 1}, which is called the critical strip. The Riemann hypothesis, considered one of the greatest unsolved problems in mathematics, asserts that any nontrivial zero s has Re(s) = 1/2. In the theory of the Riemann zeta function, the set {s ∈ C: Re(s) = 1/2} is called the critical line. For the Riemann zeta function on the critical line, see Zfunction.
The Hardy–Littlewood conjectures
In 1914 Godfrey Harold Hardy proved that has infinitely many real zeros.
Let N(T) be the total number of real zeros, N_{0}(T) be the total number of zeros of odd order of the function , lying on the interval (0,T].
The next two conjectures of Hardy and John Edensor Littlewood on the distance between real zeros of and on the density of zeros of on the intervals (T,T + H] for sufficiently great T > 0, and with as less as possible value of a > 0, where ε > 0 is an arbitrarily small number, open two new directions in the investigation of the Riemann zeta function:
1. for any ε > 0 there exists such T_{0} = T_{0}(ε) > 0 that for and H = T^{0.25 + ε} the interval (T,T + H] contains a zero of odd order of the function .
2. for any ε > 0 there exist T_{0} = T_{0}(ε) > 0 and , such that for and H = T^{0.5 + ε} the inequality is true.
The Selberg conjecture
In 1942 Atle Selberg investigated the problem of Hardy–Littlewood 2 and proved that for any ε > 0 there exists such T_{0} = T_{0}(ε) > 0 and , such that for and H = T^{0.5 + ε} the inequality is true.
In his turn, Selberg claim a conjecture^{[6]} that it's possible to decrease the value of the exponent a = 0.5 for H = T^{0.5 + ε}.
In 1984 Anatolii Alexeevitch Karatsuba proved^{[7]}^{[8]}^{[9]} that for a fixed ε satisfying the condition 0 < ε < 0.001, a sufficiently large T and H = T^{a + ε}, , the interval (T,T + H) contains at least cHln T real zeros of the Riemann zeta function and therefore confirmed the Selberg conjecture.
The estimates of Atle Selberg and Karatsuba can not be improved in respect of the order of growth as .
In 1992 A.A. Karatsuba proved,^{[10]} that an analog of the Selberg conjecture holds for «almost all» intervals (T,T + H], H = T^{ε}, where ε is an arbitrarily small fixed positive number. The Karatsuba method permits to investigate zeros of the Riemann zetafunction on «supershort» intervals of the critical line, that is, on the intervals (T,T + H], the length H of which grows slower than any, even arbitrarily small degree T. In particular, he proved that for any given numbers ε, ε_{1} satisfying the conditions 0 < ε,ε_{1} < 1 almost all intervals (T,T + H] for contain at least zeros of the function . This estimate is quite close to the one that follows from the Riemann hypothesis.
Other results
The location of the Riemann zeta function's zeros is of great importance in the theory of numbers. From the fact that all nontrivial zeros lie in the critical strip one can deduce the prime number theorem. A better result^{[11]} is that ζ(σ + it) ≠ 0 whenever t ≥ 3 and
The strongest result of this kind one can hope for is the truth of the Riemann hypothesis, which would have many profound consequences in the theory of numbers.
It is known that there are infinitely many zeros on the critical line. Littlewood showed that if the sequence (γ_{n}) contains the imaginary parts of all zeros in the upper halfplane in ascending order, then
The critical line theorem asserts that a positive percentage of the nontrivial zeros lies on the critical line.
In the critical strip, the zero with smallest nonnegative imaginary part is 1/2 + i14.13472514... Directly from the functional equation one sees that the nontrivial zeros are symmetric about the axis Re(s) = 1/2. Furthermore, the fact that ζ(s) = ζ(s*)* for all complex s ≠ 1 (* indicating complex conjugation) implies that the zeros of the Riemann zeta function are symmetric about the real axis.
The statistics of the Riemann zeta zeros are a topic of interest to mathematicians because of their connection to big problems like the Riemann hypothesis, distribution of prime numbers, etc. Through connections with random matrix theory and quantum chaos, the appeal is even broader. The fractal structure of the Riemann zeta zero distribution has been studied using rescaled range analysis.^{[12]} The selfsimilarity of the zero distribution is quite remarkable, and is characterized by a large fractal dimension of 1.9. This rather large fractal dimension is found over zeros covering at least fifteen orders of magnitude, and also for the zeros of other Lfunctions.
Various properties
For sums involving the zetafunction at integer and halfinteger values, see rational zeta series.
Reciprocal
The reciprocal of the zeta function may be expressed as a Dirichlet series over the Möbius function μ(n):
for every complex number s with real part > 1. There are a number of similar relations involving various wellknown multiplicative functions; these are given in the article on the Dirichlet series.
The Riemann hypothesis is equivalent to the claim that this expression is valid when the real part of s is greater than 1/2.
Universality
The critical strip of the Riemann zeta function has the remarkable property of universality. This zetafunction universality states that there exists some location on the critical strip that approximates any holomorphic function arbitrarily well. Since holomorphic functions are very general, this property is quite remarkable.
Estimates of the maximum of the modulus of the zeta function
Let the functions F(T;H) and G(s_{0};Δ) be defined by the equalities
Here T is a sufficiently large positive number, , s_{0} = σ_{0} + iT, , . Estimating the values F and G from below shows, how large (in modulus) values ζ(s) can take on short intervals of the critical line or in small neighborhoods of points lying in the critical strip .
The case was studied by Ramachandra; the case Δ > c, where c is a sufficiently large constant, is trivial.
Karatsuba proved,^{[13]}^{[14]} in particular, that if the values H and Δ exceed certain sufficiently small constants, then the estimates
hold, where c_{1},c_{2} are certain absolute constants.
The argument of the Riemann zetafunction
The function is called the argument of the Riemann zeta function. Here is the increment of an arbitrary continuous branch of arg ζ(s) along the broken line joining the points 2,2 + it and There are some theorems on properties of the function S(t). Among those results^{[15]}^{[16]} are the mean value theorems for S(t) and its first integral on intervals of the real line, and also the theorem claiming that every interval (T,T + H] for contains at least
points where the function S(t) changes sign. Earlier similar results were obtained by Atle Selberg for the case .
Representations
Mellin transform
The Mellin transform of a function ƒ(x) is defined as
in the region where the integral is defined. There are various expressions for the zetafunction as a Mellin transform. If the real part of s is greater than one, we have
where Γ denotes the Gamma function. By modifying the contour Riemann showed that
for all s, where the contour C starts and ends at +∞ and circles the origin once.
We can also find expressions which relate to prime numbers and the prime number theorem. If π(x) is the primecounting function, then
for values with Re(s) > 1.
A similar Mellin transform involves the Riemann primecounting function J(x), which counts prime powers p^{n} with a weight of 1/n, so that
Now we have
These expressions can be used to prove the prime number theorem by means of the inverse Mellin transform. Riemann's primecounting function is easier to work with, and π(x) can be recovered from it by Möbius inversion.
Theta functions
The Riemann zeta function can be given formally by a divergent Mellin transform
in terms of Jacobi's theta function
However this integral does not converge for any value of s and so needs to be regularized: this gives the following expression for the zeta function:
Laurent series
The Riemann zeta function is meromorphic with a single pole of order one at s = 1. It can therefore be expanded as a Laurent series about s = 1; the series development then is
The constants γ_{n} here are called the Stieltjes constants and can be defined by the limit
The constant term γ_{0} is the Euler–Mascheroni constant.
Integral
For all the integral relation
holds true, which may be used for a numerical evaluation of the Zetafunction.^{[17]}
Rising factorial
Another series development using the rising factorial valid for the entire complex plane is
This can be used recursively to extend the Dirichlet series definition to all complex numbers.
The Riemann zeta function also appears in a form similar to the Mellin transform in an integral over the Gauss–Kuzmin–Wirsing operator acting on x^{s−1}; that context gives rise to a series expansion in terms of the falling factorial.
Hadamard product
For other uses, see Matrix multiplication.On the basis of Weierstrass's factorization theorem, Hadamard gave the infinite product expansion
where the product is over the nontrivial zeros ρ of ζ and the letter γ again denotes the Euler–Mascheroni constant. A simpler infinite product expansion is
This form clearly displays the simple pole at s = 1, the trivial zeros at −2, −4, ... due to the gamma function term in the denominator, and the nontrivial zeros at s = ρ.
Logarithmic derivative on the critical strip
where is the density of zeros of ζ on the critical strip 0 < Re(s) < 1 (δ is the Dirac delta distribution, and the sum is over the nontrivial zeros ρ of ζ).
Globally convergent series
A globally convergent series for the zeta function, valid for all complex numbers s except s = 1 + 2πin/log(2) for some integer n, was conjectured by Konrad Knopp and proved by Helmut Hasse in 1930 (cf. Euler summation):
The series only appeared in an Appendix to Hasse's paper, and did not become generally known until it was rediscovered more than 60 years later (see Sondow, 1994).
Peter Borwein has shown a very rapidly convergent series suitable for high precision numerical calculations. The algorithm, making use of Chebyshev polynomials, is described in the article on the Dirichlet eta function.
Applications
The zeta function occurs in applied statistics (see Zipf's law and Zipf–Mandelbrot law).
Zeta function regularization is used as one possible means of regularization of divergent series in quantum field theory. In one notable example, the Riemann zetafunction shows up explicitly in the calculation of the Casimir effect. The zeta function is also useful for the analysis of dynamical systems, see ^{[18]}.
Generalizations
There are a number of related zeta functions that can be considered to be generalizations of the Riemann zeta function. These include the Hurwitz zeta function
(the convergent series representation was given by Helmut Hasse in 1930,^{[19]} cf. Hurwitz zeta function), which coincides with the Riemann zeta function when q = 1 (note that the lower limit of summation in the Hurwitz zeta function is 0, not 1), the Dirichlet Lfunctions and the Dedekind zetafunction. For other related functions see the articles Zeta function and Lfunction.
The polylogarithm is given by
which coincides with the Riemann zeta function when z = 1.
The Lerch transcendent is given by
which coincides with the Riemann zeta function when z = 1 and q = 1 (note that the lower limit of summation in the Lerch transcendent is 0, not 1).
The Clausen function Cl_{s}(θ) that can be chosen as the real or imaginary part of Li_{s}(e^{ iθ}).
The multiple zeta functions are defined by
One can analytically continue these functions to the ndimensional complex space. The special values of these functions are called multiple zeta values by number theorists and have been connected to many different branches in mathematics and physics.
See also
 Generalized Riemann hypothesis
 Riemann–Siegel theta function
 Prime zeta function
 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + ···
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External links
 Riemann Zeta Function, in Wolfram Mathworld — an explanation with a more mathematical approach
 Tables of selected zeros
 Prime Numbers Get Hitched A general, nontechnical description of the significance of the zeta function in relation to prime numbers.
 XRay of the Zeta Function Visually oriented investigation of where zeta is real or purely imaginary.
 Formulas and identities for the Riemann Zeta function functions.wolfram.com
 Riemann Zeta Function and Other Sums of Reciprocal Powers, section 23.2 of Abramowitz and Stegun
 The Riemann Hypothesis  A Visual Exploration — a visual exploration of the Riemann Hypothesis and Zeta Function
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