MathOverflow is a question and answer site for professional mathematicians. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Is there any known formulae for the derivative of the Bessel function with respect to the order of the Bessel function?

share|cite|improve this question
which Bessel functions are you talking about? There are lots of different kinds. – Scott Morrison Nov 4 '09 at 0:26

series... from Maple

$${\frac {d}{dr}}{{\rm J}_r\left(2\right)}= \sum _{k=0}^{\infty }{\frac { \left( -1 \right) ^{k+1}\Psi \left( 1+r+k \right) }{\Gamma \left( 1+r+k \right) \Gamma \left( 1+k \right) }}$$

share|cite|improve this answer

I suggest looking at Landau's paper:

share|cite|improve this answer

Abramowitz and Stegun give a couple of special cases but don't give a general result. Starting from some of the integral or series representations and differentiating you can get a corresponding integral or series for the derivative, but I would guess that it's unlikely to simplify to a "known" function in the general case. An example they give is (for the spherical Bessel function $j_\nu(x)$):

$$[ \frac{d}{d\nu} j_\nu(x) ]_{\nu=0} = \frac{\pi}{2x}(\operatorname{Ci}(2x)\sin x - \operatorname{Si}(2x)\cos x)$$

They also give examples evaluated at $\nu=-1$ and similar results for the case of the "other" spherical bessel $y_\nu(x)$.

share|cite|improve this answer

As I understand it you are looking for $D_\nu(x):=\frac{d}{d\nu} J_\nu(x)$. Perhaps you would like to explain a bit why you are looking at $D_\nu$?

I have worked a bit with the Legendre functions of the first ($P_\nu$) and second kind ($Q_\nu$). Where my primary interest was to find estimates in $\nu$ and both parameters. To find such estimates basically I used relations together with integral representations. At one point I estimated an integral expression for $\frac{d}{d\nu} Q_\nu(x)$ in order to see that for fixed $x>1$ it is decreasing with respect to $\nu$. (The main reason to these studies was to prove a Tauberian theorem for spaces like $L^1_w(G//K)$ - the double coset space of $G=SL(2,R)$ - where $\hat{f}(s)=\int_1^\infty f(x)P_s(x)dx$ is the Fourier transform.)

share|cite|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.