Assume that a function $f: R \rightarrow R$ is smooth and even. Does there exist a smooth function $g:R \rightarrow R$ such that $f(x)=g(x^2)$ ?
Incidentally, this follows easily from a simple integral formula for the derivatives of $g$ (see this question that I recently posted). Indeed, the Taylor formal power series in $0$ of an even $C^{\infty}$ function $f$ is of course in $\mathbb{R}[[x^2]]\, .$ (more details). Such a function $g$ necessarily has to be defined as $g(x):=f(\sqrt x)$ for $x > 0$. This makes it $C^\infty$ on $\mathbb{R_+}$ as a composition of smooth functions. However, it is not immediately obvious from the composition formula that the derivatives for $x > 0$, $\, g^{(k)}(x),$ do have a limit for $x\to 0$, which is of course a necessary condition for $g$ to be extendable to a $C^\infty$ function on $\mathbb{R}$. But this is clear from the representation $$\frac{g^{(k)}}{k!} (x^2)=(2x)^{2k+1}k {2k \choose k}\, \int_0^x (x^2t^2)^{k1}\frac{f^{(2k)}}{(2k)!}(t) dt\, $$ that exhibits the $k$th Taylor coefficient of $g$ as an integral mean of the $2k$th Taylor coefficients of $f$ on the interval on $[0,x]$, so that $$\lim_{x > 0\atop x \to 0} \frac{g^{(k)}}{k!} (x) = \frac{f^{(2k)}}{(2k)!}(0)\, .$$ In general, for a function $g\in C^\infty(\mathbb{R_+})$, all derivatives being continuously extendable at $0$ is also sufficient condition for $g$ to be smoothly extendable on $\mathbb{R}\, $ (as an easy instance of the Whitney extension theorem; or by Borel's theorem, extending $g$ on the left halfline by any $h\in C^\infty(\mathbb{R})$ with prescribed derivatives at $0$, or by more elementary arguments ad hoc). 


Yes, this is a theorem of Hassler Whitney: Whitney, Hassler Differentiable even functions. Duke Math. J. 10, (1943). 159–160. 


See the answer (here) for more information: Smooth functions which are invariant under a compact Lie group representation factor smoothly over the basic invariant polynomials. 

