Symbols:Greek/Gamma

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Gamma

The $3$rd letter of the Greek alphabet.

Minuscule: $\gamma$
Majuscule: $\Gamma$

The $\LaTeX$ code for \(\gamma\) is \gamma .

The $\LaTeX$ code for \(\Gamma\) is \Gamma .


Gamma Function

$\map \Gamma z$


The Gamma function $\Gamma: \C \to \C$ is defined, for the open right half-plane, as:

$\displaystyle \map \Gamma z = \map {\MM \set {e^{-t} } } z = \int_0^{\to \infty} t^{z - 1} e^{-t} \rd t$

where $\MM$ is the Mellin transform.


For all other values of $z$ except the non-positive integers, $\map \Gamma z$ is defined as:

$\map \Gamma {z + 1} = z \, \map \Gamma z$


The $\LaTeX$ code for \(\map \Gamma z\) is \map \Gamma z .


Euler-Mascheroni Constant

$\gamma$


The Euler-Mascheroni constant $\gamma$ is the real number that is defined as:

\(\displaystyle \gamma\) \(:=\) \(\displaystyle \lim_{n \mathop \to +\infty} \paren {\sum_{k \mathop = 1}^n \frac 1 k - \int_1^n \frac 1 x \rd x}\)
\(\displaystyle \) \(=\) \(\displaystyle \lim_{n \mathop \to +\infty} \paren {H_n - \ln n}\)

where $H_n$ is the harmonic series and $\ln$ is the natural logarithm.