Before moving to imaginary time let us warm ourselves up first doing a small exercise while still in real time. We did not quite finish our business with periods of elliptic functions in the last post “Periods of Jacobi elliptic functions – Part 1.” We did not answer the question: what about the periods for ?
We know (see The case of inverted modulus – Treading on Tiger’s tail and Jacobi elliptic cn and dn) that for we have the formulas
We know, from Periods of Jacobi elliptic functions – Part 1, that the period of for is Therefore, from Eq. (1) we deduce that the period of for is For instance, we have But in the previous post we have shown that for we have
Therefore, for the period of is From two last equations in (1) we see that, for , the period for is the same as that of , and the period of is half of that.
Below is the plot of the function that shows its periodicity.
Plot of for and
After these warm-up exercises we now open the door to the universe with the imaginary time. In fact there are several different doors leading there, and we will choose one that has been used by Alfred Cardew Dixon, MA, in his 1894 book “The Elementary Properties of the Elliptic Functions with Examples“.
Namely, we take the Eqs. (1)-(4) from Periods of Jacobi elliptic functions – Part 1 as the defining relations of the Jacobi elliptic functions.
In other words: whenever we have three functions and a constant satisfying
We are now ready for the trick invented by Jacobi, called “Jacobi Imaginary Transformation“. But before that, once we are in the land of elliptic functions, let us familiarize ourselves with the language used by some of the native population of this country. Following one Dr. Glaisher, the following notation is sometimes used in conversations in local pubs:
Here is the REDUCE code checking these relations – it produces, on output, three zeros.:
then, since we must have Therefore
Bu since the relation between and is symmetric, we can as well write
The functions on the right hand side have the period denoted simply as . Therefore the function on the left hand side have the period We can use now addition formula and
calculate the functions for any complex The period along the real direction is the period along the imaginary direction is
Plot of of the absolute value of for We have ,
Now we can navigate with ease in our complex times. In real time and in imaginary time.