Definition:Contour/Image/Complex Plane

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Let $C$ be a contour in $\C$ defined by the (finite) sequence $\left\langle{C_1, \ldots, C_n}\right\rangle$ of directed smooth curves in $\C$.

Let $C_i$ be parameterized by the smooth path $\gamma_i: \left[{a_i\,.\,.\,b_i}\right] \to \C$ for all $i \in \left\{ {1, \ldots, n}\right\}$.

The image of $C$ is defined as:

$\displaystyle \operatorname{Im} \left({C}\right) := \bigcup_{i \mathop = 1}^n \operatorname{Im} \left({\gamma_i}\right)$

where $\operatorname{Im} \left({\gamma_i}\right)$ denotes the image of $\gamma_i$.

If $\operatorname{Im} \left({C}\right) \subseteq D$, where $D$ is a subset of $\C$, we say that $C$ is a contour in $D$.

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