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

$\map \Gamma z$

Integral Form

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

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

where $\mathcal M$ is the Mellin transform.

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

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

Weierstrass Form

The Weierstrass form of the Gamma function is:

$\displaystyle \frac 1 {\Gamma \left({z}\right)} = z e^{\gamma z} \prod_{n \mathop = 1}^\infty \left({\left({1 + \frac z n}\right) e^{-z / n} }\right)$

where $\gamma$ is the Euler-Mascheroni constant.

The Weierstrass form is valid for all $\C$.

Hankel Form

The Hankel form of the Gamma function is:

$\displaystyle \frac 1 {\Gamma \left({z}\right)} = \dfrac 1 {2 \pi i} \oint_{\mathcal H} \frac {e^t \, \mathrm d t} {t^z}$

where $\mathcal H$ is the contour starting at $-\infty$, circling the origin in an anticlockwise direction, and returning to $-\infty$.

The Hankel form is valid for all $\C$.

Euler Form

The Euler form of the Gamma function is:

$\displaystyle \Gamma \left({z}\right) = \frac 1 z \prod_{n \mathop = 1}^\infty \left({\left({1 + \frac 1 n}\right)^z \left({1 + \frac z n}\right)^{-1}}\right) = \lim_{m \mathop \to \infty} \frac {m^z m!} {z \left({z + 1}\right) \left({z + 2}\right) \cdots \left({z + m}\right)}$

which is valid except for $z \in \left\{{0, -1, -2, \ldots}\right\}$.

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.