Cauchy's integral formula

Basic concepts and principles

The integral formula of cauchy is so important that we reserve a complete section dedicated to it.
integral de cauchy

Given f, a holomorphic function in an open set U and given a one point inside of U, then f is holomorphic in a disk surrounding point a. If C is the boundary of the disk then it is true the following
$$f(a) =\frac{1}{2\pi i}\ \int_{C} \frac{f(z)}{z-a}dz$$
This very important formula expresses the value of the function at a point inside the disk as function of some values in the boundary of the disk. Its proof, of which we will see an introduction is based on Cauchy's Theorem for a convex open:

Proof of the Cauchy integral formula


Because f is holomorphic in all U, lets \(a \in U \). For a we can

\( \lim_{z \mapsto a} \frac{f(z)-f(a)}{z-a} = f'(a)\)

So, it must to exists any \( \epsilon > 0 \) for wich if \( |z-a| < \delta \)

\( \frac{f(z)-f(a)}{z-a} - f'(a) < \epsilon \)

Then function given by

\( g(z)=\left\{\begin{matrix} \frac{f(z)-f(a)}{z-a} & z\ne a\\ f'(a) & z=a \end{matrix}\right. \)

Is continuous in all U and holomorphic in U-{a}.

Its line integral in every path that surrounds point a will be zero since Theorem3 of section complex integration, then

\( \int_{C} g(z) dz = \int_{D(a, \epsilon)} g(z) dz \)

Because can we take a radius as small as we want and and |f| is continuous into a compact set then it is superiorly bounded. Lets M be a bound of f, we have

\( \int_{D(a, \epsilon)} |g(z)| dz \le M 2\pi \epsilon \underset{\epsilon \rightarrow 0}{\rightarrow} 0 \)

We can take for f

\( \int_{C} \frac{f(z)}{z-a} dz = \int_{C} \frac{f(z)-f(a)}{z-a} dz + \int_{C} \frac{f(a)}{z-a} = 0 + 2\pi if(a)\)

What is what we wanted to proof.

Extended theory

The integral formula of Cauchy is also notable because it has important consequences, these are what make the branch of complex variable analysis unique into maths science

Theorem 1: Infinite derivability of a holomorphic function


Given f, a holomorphic function in an open set U and given a, a point inside of U, then f has infinite derivatives in a and it is satisfied:
$$f^{(n)}(a) =\frac{n!}{2\pi i}\ \int_{C} \frac{f(z)}{(z-a)^{n+1}}dz$$
Observe that this formula contains the Cauchy's integral formula if n=0, with 0!=1.
The proof of this fact is based on fact of enter derivative sign into the integral sign

Theorem 2: Cauchy's inequality


In the same conditions of the previous theorem, let M be a positive constant such that for all z of the curve C \( |f(z)| \le M \), then it is fulfilled
$$|f^{n}(a)| \le \frac{M n!}{r^{n}}$$


The following theorem due to Liouville states that there can not be a bounded and holomorphic function in the whole complex plane except if it is constant

Theorem 3: Liouville's Theorem


If f is holomorphic in the whole plane \( \mathbb{C} \) and f is bounded, that is \( |f(z)| \le M \forall z \in \mathbb{C}\) then f is constant.


The proof of Liouville's theorem is direct from Theorem 2 by taking increasingly larger radious.

Theorem 4: Fundamental theorem of algebra


Lets \( P(z) = a_{0} + a_{1}x + ... + a_{n}x^{n} \) a polynomial with complex coefficients of degree greater or equal than 1. Then P(z) has at least one root in \( \mathbb{C} \).


Note that it actually has roots because\( z_{0} \) is a root of P, then

\( P(z) = (z-z_{0})( b_{0} + b_{1}x + ... + b_{n-1}x^{n-1}) = (z-z_{0}) Q(z)\).

Thus, Theorem 4 can be applied to Q(z). Operating by induction it is fulfilled that P(z) has complex roots

To prove Theorem 4, it is enough to consider

\( f(z) = \frac{1}{P(z)} \).

If P(z) has not any root in \( \mathbb{C} \) then f(z) is holomorphic in the whole plane \( \mathbb{C} \), also f is bounded, by Liuoville's theorem f is constant, so P(z) would be constant which contradicts the hypothesis.

Theorem 5: Principle of the maximum module


If f holomorphic on and into a region bounded by closed path C. Then the maximum of | f | occurs over C.
Note that the same can be applied to the minimum.

Theorem 6: Medium Value theorem of Gauss


In the same conditions as Cauchy's integral formula, it is fulfilled

\( f(a) = \frac{1}{2\pi} \int_{0}^{2 \pi} f(a+re^{i\theta}) d\theta\)
The proof of this fact is easy, it is enough to observe that in the Cauchy's integral formula we parametrize C

\(|z-a| = r \Rightarrow z= a + re^{i\theta} \).

Then Cauchy's integral formula becomes

\( f(a)= \frac{1}{2\pi i} \int_{0}^{2 \pi} \frac {f(a+re^{i\theta}) ir e^{i\theta} }{r e^{i\theta}} d\theta = \frac{1}{2\pi} \int_{0}^{2 \pi} f(a+re^{i\theta}) d\theta\)

What we wanted to proof.





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