Approach to a Proof of the Riemann Hypothesis by the Second Mean-Value Theorem of Calculus
Abstract: By the second mean-value theorem of calculus (Gauss-Bonnet theorem) we prove that the class of functionswith an integral representation of the form  with a real-valued function which is non-increasing and decreases in infinity more rapidly than any exponential functions , possesses zeros only on the imaginary axis. The Riemann zeta function  as it is known can be related to an entire functionwith the same non-trivial zeros as . Then after a trivial argument displacement we relate it to a function  with a representation of the form  where  is rapidly decreasing in infinity and satisfies all requirements necessary for the given proof of the position of its zeros on the imaginary axis z=iy by the second mean-value theorem. Besides this theorem we apply the Cauchy-Riemann differential equation in an integrated operator form derived in the Appendix B. All this means that we prove a theorem for zeros of  on the imaginary axis z=iy for a whole class of function  which includes in this way the proof of the Riemann hypothesis. This whole class includes, in particular, also the modified Bessel functions  for which it is known that their zeros lie on the imaginary axis and which affirms our conclusions that we intend to publish at another place. In the same way a class of almost-periodic functions to piece-wise constant non-increasing functions  belong also to this case. At the end we give shortly an equivalent way of a more formal description of the obtained results using the Mellin transform of functions with its variable substituted by an operator.

1. Introduction

The Riemann zeta function which basically was known already to Euler establishes the most important link between number theory and analysis. The proof of the Riemann hypothesis is a longstanding problem since it was formulated by Riemann  in 1859. The Riemann hypothesis is the conjecture that all nontrivial zeros of the Riemann zeta function for complex are positioned on the line

that means on the line parallel to the imaginary axis through real value

in the complex plane and in extension that all zeros are simple zeros  - 

(with extensive lists of references in some of the cited sources, e.g., (      ). The book of Edwards  is one of the best older sources concerning most problems connected with the Riemann zeta function. There are also mathematical tables and chapters in works about Special functions which contain information about the Riemann zeta function and about number analysis, e.g., Whittaker and Watson  (chap. 13), Bateman and Erdélyi  (chap. 1) about zeta functions and  (chap. 17) about number analysis, and Apostol   (chaps. 25 and 27). The book of Borwein, Choi, Rooney and Weirathmueller  gives on the first 90 pages a short account about achievements concerning the Riemann hypothesis and its consequences for number theory and on the following about 400 pages it reprints important original papers and expert witnesses in the field. Riemann has put aside the search for a proof of his hypothesis “after some fleeting vain attempts” and emphasizes that “it is not necessary for the immediate objections of his investigations”  (see  ). The Riemann hypothesis was taken by Hilbert as the 8-th problem in his representation of 23 fundamental unsolved problems in pure mathematics and axiomatic physics in a lecture hold on 8 August in 1900 at the Second Congress of Mathematicians in Paris   . The vast experience with the Riemann zeta function in the past and the progress in numerical calculations of the zeros (see, e.g.,        ) which all confirmed the Riemann hypothesis suggest that it should be true corresponding to the opinion of most of the specialists in this field but not of all specialists (arguments for doubt are discussed in  ).

The Riemann hypothesis is very important for prime number theory and a number of consequences is derived under the unproven assumption that it is true. As already said a main role plays a function which was known already to Euler for real variables in its product representation (Euler product) and in its series re- presentation (now a Dirichlet series) and was continued to the whole complex -plane by Riemann and is now called Riemann zeta function. The Riemann hypothesis as said is the conjecture that all nontrivial zeros of the zeta function lie on the axis

parallel to the imaginary axis and intersecting the real axis at. For the true

hypothesis the representation of the Riemann zeta function after exclusion of its only singularity at and of the trivial zeros at on the negative real axis is possible by a Weierstrass product with factors which only vanish on the

critical line. The function which is best suited for this purpose is the so-called xi

function which is closely related to the zeta function and which was also introduced by Riemann  . It contains all information about the nontrivial zeros and only the exact positions of the zeros on this line are not yet given then by a closed formula which, likely, is hardly to find explicitly but an approximation for its density was conjectured already by Riemann  and proved by von Mangoldt  . The “(pseudo)-random” character of this distribution of zeros on the critical line remembers somehow the “(pseudo)-random” character of the distribution of primes where one of the differences is that the distribution of primes within the natural numbers becomes less dense with increasing integers whereas the distributions of zeros of the zeta function on the critical line becomes more dense with higher absolute values with slow increase and approaches to a logarithmic function in infinity.

There are new ideas for analogies to and application of the Riemann zeta function in other regions of mathematics and physics. One direction is the theory of random matrices   which shows analogies in their eigenvalues to the distribution of the nontrivial zeros of the Riemann zeta function. Another interesting idea founded by Voronin  (see also   ) is the universality of this function in the sense that each holomorphic function without zeros and poles in a certain circle with radius less

can be approximated with arbitrary required accurateness in a small domain of the zeta function to the right of the critical line within. An interesting idea is

elaborated in articles of Neuberger, Feiler, Maier and Schleich   . They consider a simple first-order ordinary differential equation with a real variable (say the time) for given arbitrary analytic functions where the time evolution of the function for every point finally transforms the function in one of the zeros of this function in the complex -plane and illustrate this process graphically by flow curves which they call Newton flow and which show in addition to the zeros the separatrices of the regions of attraction to the zeros. Among many other functions they apply this to the Riemann zeta function in different domains of the complex plane. Whether, however, this may lead also to a proof of the Riemann hypothesis is more than questionable.

Number analysis defines some functions of a continuous variable, for example, the number of primes less a given real number which last is connected with the discrete prime number distribution (e.g.,       ) and establishes the connection to the Riemann zeta function. Apart from the product repre- sentation of the Riemann zeta function the representation by a type of series which is now called Dirichlet series was already known to Euler. With these Dirichlet series in number theory are connected some discrete functions over the positive integers which play a role as coefficients in these series and are called arithmetic functions (see, e.g., Chandrasekharan  and Apostol  ). Such functions are the Möbius function and the Mangoldt function as the best known ones. A short representation of the connection of the Riemann zeta function to number analysis and of some of the functions defined there became now standard in many monographs about complex analysis (e.g.,  ).

Our means for the proof of the Riemann hypothesis in present article are more conventional and “old-fashioned” ones, i.e. the Real Analysis and the Theory of Com- plex Functions which were developed already for a long time. The most promising way for a proof of the Riemann hypothesis as it seemed to us in past is via the already mentioned entire function which is closely related to the Riemann zeta function. It contains all important elements and information of the last but excludes its trivial zeros and its only singularity and, moreover, possesses remarkable symmetries which facilitate the work with it compared with the Riemann zeta function. This function was already introduced by Riemann  and dealt with, for example, in the classical books of Titchmarsh  , Edwards  and in almost all of the sources cited at the beginning. Present article is mainly concerned with this xi function and

its investigation in which, for convenience, we displace the imaginary axis by to the

right that means to the critical line and call this Xi function with. We derive some representations for it among them novel ones and discuss its properties, including its derivatives, its specialization to the critical line and some other features. We make an approach to this function via the second mean value theorem of analysis (Gauss-Bonnet theorem, e.g.,   ) and then we apply an operator identity for analytic functions which is derived in Appendix B and which is equivalent to a somehow integrated form of the Cauchy-Riemann equations. This among other not so successful trials (e.g., via moments of function) led us finally to a proof of the Riemann hypothesis embedded into a proof for a more general class of functions.

Our approach to a proof of the Riemann hypothesis in this article in rough steps is as follows:

First we shortly represent the transition from the Riemann zeta function of complex variable to the xi function introduced already by Riemann and derive for it by means of the Poisson summation formula a representation which is convergent in the whole complex plane (Section 2 with main formal part in Appendix

A). Then we displace the imaginary axis of variable to the critical line at by that is purely for convenience of further working with the formulae.

However, this has also the desired subsidiary effect that it brings us into the fairway of the complex analysis usually represented with the complex variable. The transformed function is called function.

The function is represented as an integral transform of a real-valued function

of the real variable in the form which is related

to a Fourier transform (more exactly to Cosine Fourier transform). If the Riemann hypothesis is true then we have to prove that all zeros of the function occur for.

To the Xi function in mentioned integral transform we apply the second mean-value theorem of real analysis first on the imaginary axes and discuss then its extension from the imaginary axis to the whole complex plane. For this purpose we derive in Appendix B in operator form general relations which allow to extend a holomorphic function from the values on the imaginary axis (or also real axis) to the whole complex plane which are equivalents in integral form to the Cauchy-Riemann equations in differential form and apply this in specific form to the Xi function and, more precisely, to the mean-value function on the imaginary axis (Sections 3 and 4).

Then in Section 5 we accomplish the proof with the discussion and solution of the two most important equations (10) and (11) for the last as decisive stage of the proof. These two equations are derived in preparation before this last stage of the proof. From these equations it is seen that the obtained two real equations admit zeros of the Xi function only on the imaginary axis. This proves the Riemann hypothesis by the equivalence of the Riemann zeta function to the Xi function and embeds it into a whole class of functions with similar properties and positions of their zeros.

The Sections 6-7 serve for illustrations and graphical representations of the specific parameters (e.g., mean-value parameters) for the Xi function to the Riemann hy- pothesis and for other functions which in our proof by the second mean-value problem are included for the existence of zeros only on the imaginary axis. This is, in particular,

also the whole class of modified Bessel functions with real

indices which possess zeros only on the imaginary axis and where a proof by means of the differential equations exists and certain classes of almost-periodic functions. We intend to present this last topics in detail in future.

2. From Riemann Zeta Function to Related Xi Function and Its Argument Displacement to Function

In this Section we represent the known transition from the Riemann zeta function to a function and finally to a function with displaced complex

variable for rational effective work and establish some of the basic

representations of these functions, in particular, a kind of modified Cosine Fourier transformations of a function to the function.

As already expressed in the Introduction, the most promising way for a proof of the Riemann hypothesis as it seems to us is the way via a certain integral representation of the related xi function. We sketch here the transition from the Riemann zeta function to the related xi function in a short way because, in principle, it is known and we delegate some aspects of the derivations to Appendix A.

Usually, the starting point for the introduction of the Riemann zeta function is the following relation between the Euler product and an infinite series continued to the whole complex -plane

(2.1)

where denotes the ordered sequence of primes (). The transition from the product formula to the sum representation in (2.1) via transition to

the Logarithm of and Taylor series expansion of the factors in

powers of using the uniqueness of the prime-number decomposition is well

known and due to Euler in 1737. It leads to a special case of a kind of series later introduced and investigated in more general form and called Dirichlet series. The Riemann zeta function can be analytically continued into the whole complex plane to a meromorphic function that was made and used by Riemann. The sum in (2.1) converges uniformly for complex variable in the open semi-planes with arbitrary and arbitrary. The only singularity of the function is a simple pole at with residue 1 that we discuss below.

The product form (2.1) of the zeta function shows that it involves all prime numbers exactly one times and therefore it contains information about them in a coded form. It proves to be possible to regain information about the prime number distribution from this function. For many purposes it is easier to work with mero- morphic and, moreover, entire functions than with infinite sequences of numbers but in first case one has to know the properties of these functions which are determined by their zeros and their singularities together with their multiplicity.

From the well-known integral representation of the Gamma function

(2.2)

follows by the substitutions with an appropriately fixed parameter for arbitrary natural numbers

(2.3)

Inserting this into the sum representation (2.1) and changing the order of summation and integration, we obtain for choice of the parameter using the sum evaluation of the geometric series

(2.4)

and for choice with substitution of the integration variable (see  and, e.g.,      )

(2.5)

Other choice of seems to be of lesser importance. Both representations (2.4) and (2.5) are closely related to a Mellin transform of a function which together with its inversion is generally defined by (e.g.,      )

(2.6)

where is an arbitrary real value within the convergence strip of in complex -plane. The Mellin transform of a function is closely related to the Fourier transform of the function by variable substitution and. Thus the Riemann zeta function can be represented, substantially (i.e., up to factors depending on), as the Mellin transforms of the

functions or of, respectively. The

kernels of the Mellin transform are the eigenfunctions of the differential operator

to eigenvalue or, correspondingly, of the integral operator

of the multiplication of the argument of a function by a factor (scaling of argument). Both representations (2.4) and (2.5) can be used for the derivation of further representations of the Riemann zeta function and for the analytic continuation. The analytic continuation of the Riemann zeta function can also be obtained using the Euler-Maclaurin summation formula for the series in (2.1) (e.g.,    ).

Using the Poisson summation formula, one can transform the representation (2.5) of the Riemann zeta function to the following form

(2.7)

This is known      but for convenience and due to the importance of this representation for our purpose we give a derivation in Appendix A. From (2.7) which is now already true for arbitrary complex and, therefore, is an analytic continuation of the representations (2.1) or (2.5) we see that the Riemann zeta function satisfies a functional equation for the transformation of the argument. In simplest form it appears by “renormalizing” this function via introduction of the xi function defined by Riemann according to  and to   1

(2.8)

and we obtain for it the following representation converging in the whole complex plane of (e.g.,      )

(2.9)

with the “normalization”

(2.10)

For the xi function and the zeta function possess the (likely transcendental)

values

(2.11)

Contrary to the Riemann zeta function the function is an entire function. The only singularity of which is the simple pole at, is removed by multiplication of with in the definition (2.8) and the trivial zeros of at are also removed by its multiplication with

which possesses simple poles there.

The functional equation

(2.12)

from which follows for the -th derivatives

(2.13)

and which expresses that is a symmetric function with respect to as it is

immediately seen from (2.9) and as it was first derived by Riemann  . It can be easily converted into the following functional equation for the Riemann zeta function 2

(2.14)

Together with we find by combination with (2.12)

(2.15)

that combine in simple way, function values for 4 points of the complex plane. Relation (15) means that in contrast to the function which is only real-valued on the real axis the function becomes real-valued on the real

axis () and on the imaginary axis ().

As a consequence of absent zeros of the Riemann zeta function for together with the functional relation (14) follows that all nontrivial zeros of this function have to be within the strip and the Riemann hypothesis asserts that all zeros of the related xi function are positioned on the

so-called critical line. This is, in principle, well known.

We use the functional Equation (2.12) for a simplification of the notations in the following considerations and displace the imaginary axis of the complex variable

from to the value by introducing the entire function

of the complex variable as follows

(2.16)

with the “normalization” (see (2.10) and (2.11))

(2.17)

following from (2.10). Thus the full relation of the Xi function to the Riemann zeta function using definition (2.8) is

(2.18)

We emphasize again that the argument displacement (2.16) is made in the following only for convenience of notations and not for some more principal reason.

The functional equation (2.12) together with (2.13) becomes

(2.19)

and taken together with the symmetry for the transition to complex conjugated variable

(2.20)

This means that the Xi function becomes real-valued on the imaginary axis which becomes the critical line in the new variable

(2.21)

Furthermore, the function becomes a symmetrical function and a real-valued one on the real axis

(2.22)

In contrast to this the Riemann zeta function the function is not a real-valued

function on the critical line and is real-valued but not symmetric on the real

axis. This is represented in Figure 1. (calculated with “Mathematica 6” such as the

further figures too). We see that not all of the zeros of the real part are also zeros of the imaginary part and, vice versa, that not all of the

zeros of the imaginary part are also zeros of the real part and thus genuine zeros of the

function which are signified by grid lines. Between two zeros of the real part which are genuine zeros of lies in each case (exception first interval)

an additional zero of the imaginary part, which almost coincides with a maximum of the real part.

Figure 1. Real and imaginary part and absolute value of Riemann zeta function on critical line. The position of the zeros of the whole function on the critical line are shown by grid lines. One can see that not all zeros of the real part are also zeros of the imaginary part and vice versa. The figures are easily to generate by program “Mathematica” and are published in similar forms already in literature.

Using (2.9) and definition (2.16) we find the following representation of

(2.23)

With the substitution of the integration variable (see also (2.10) in Appendix A) representation (2.23) is transformed to

(2.24)

In Appendix A we show that (2.24) can be represented as follows (see also Equation (2.2) on p. 17 in  which possesses a similar principal form)

(2.25)

with the following explicit form of the function of the real variable

(2.26)

The function is symmetric

(2.27)

that means it is an even function although this is not immediately seen from representation (2.26)3. We prove this in Appendix A. Due to this symmetry, formula (2.25) can be also represented by

(2.28)

In the formulation of the right-hand side the function appears as analytic continuation of the Fourier transform of the function written with imaginary argument or, more generally, with substitution and complex. From this follows as inversion of the integral transformation (2.28) using (2.27)

(2.29)

or due to symmetry of the integrand in analogy to (2.25)

(2.30)

where is a real-valued function of the variable on the imaginary axis

(2.31)

due to (2.25).

A graphical representation of the function and of its first derivatives is given in Figure 2. The function is monotonically de-

creasing for due to the non-positivity of its first derivative

(2.32)

Figure 2. Function and its first derivative (see (2.25) and (2.34)). The function is positive for and since its first derivative is negative for the function is mono- tonically decreasing on the real positive axis. It vanishes in infinity more rapidly than any exponential function with a polynomial in the exponent.

with one relative minimum at of depth. Moreover, it is very important for the following that due to presence of factors in the sum terms in (2.26) or in (2.32) the functions and and all their higher derivatives are very rapidly decreasing for, more rapidly than any exponential function with a polynomial of in the argument. In this sense the function is more comparable with functions of finite support which vanish from a certain on than with any exponentially decreasing function. From (2.27) follows immediately that the function is antisymmetric

(2.33)

that means it is an odd function.

It is known that smoothness and rapidness of decreasing in infinity of a function change their role in Fourier transformations. As the Fourier transform of the smooth (infinitely continuously differentiable) function the Xi function on the critical line is rapidly decreasing in infinity. Therefore it is not easy to represent the real-valued function with its rapid oscillations under the envelope of rapid decrease for increasing variable graphically in a large region of this variable. An appropriate real amplification envelope is seen from (2.18) to be

which rises to the level of the Riemann zeta function on the critical line. This is shown in Figure 3. The partial

picture for in Figure 3. with negative part folded up is identical with the

absolute value of the Riemann zeta function on the imaginary axis (fourth partial picture in Figure 1).

We now give a representation of the Xi function by the derivative of the Omega

function. Using one obtains from (2.25) by partial integration

the following alternative representation of the function

(2.34)

that due to antisymmetry of and with respect to can also be written

(2.35)

Figure 2 gives a graphical representation of the function and of its first

derivative which due to rapid convergence of the sums is easily to

Figure 3. Xi Function on the imaginary axis (corresponding to). The envelope over the oscillations of the real-valued function decreases extremely rapidly with increase of the variable in the shown intervals. This behavior makes it difficult to represent this function graphically for large intervals of the variable. By an enhancement factor which rises the amplitude to the level of the zeta function we may see the oscillations under the envelope (last partial picture). A similar picture one obtains for the modulus of the Riemann zeta function only with our negative parts folded to the positive side of the ordinate, i.e. (see also Figure 1 (last partial picture)). The given values for the zeros at were first calculated by J.-P. Gram in 1903 up to  . We emphasize here that the shown very rapid decrease of the Xi function at the beginning of and for is due to the “very high” smoothness of for arbitrary.

generate by computer. One can express also by higher derivatives

of the Omega function according to

(2.36)

with the symmetries of the derivatives of the function for

(2.37)

This can be seen by successive partial integrations in (2.25) together with complete induction. The functions in these integral transformations are for not monotonic functions.

We mention yet another representation of the function. Using the trans- formations

(2.38)

the function according to (2.28) with the explicit representation of the function in (2.26) can now be represented in the form

(2.39)

where denotes the incomplete Gamma function defined by (e.g.,    )

(2.40)

However, we did not see a way to prove the Riemann hypothesis via the repre- sentation (2.39).

The Riemann hypothesis for the zeta function is now equivalent to the hypothesis that all zeros of the related entire function lie on the imaginary axis that means on the line to real part of which becomes now the critical line. Since the zeta function does not possess zeros in the convergence region of the Euler product (2.1) and due to symmetries (2.27) and (2.31) it is only necessary to prove that does not possess zeros within the

strips and to both sides of the imaginary axis where

for symmetry the proof for one of these strips would be already sufficient. However, we will go another way where the restriction to these strips does not play a role for the proof.

3. Application of Second Mean-Value Theorem of Calculus to Xi Function

After having accepted the basic integral representation (2.25) of the entire function according to

(3.1)

with the function explicitly given in (2.26) we concentrate us on its further treatment. However, we do this not with this specialization for the real-valued function but with more general suppositions for it. Expressed by real part and imaginary part of

(3.2)

we find from (3.1)

(3.3)

We suppose now as necessary requirement for and satisfied in the special case (2.26)

(3.4)

Furthermore, should be an entire function that requires that the integral (3.1) is finite for arbitrary complex and therefore that is rapidly decreasing in infinity, more precisely

(3.5)

for arbitrary. This means that the function should be a nonsingular function which is rapidly decreasing in infinity, more rapidly than any exponential function with arbitrary. Clearly, this is satisfied for the special function in (2.26).

Our conjecture for a longer time was that all zeros of lie on the imaginary axis for a large class of functions and that this is not very specific for the special function given in (2.26) but is true for a much larger class. It seems that to this class belong all non-increasing functions, i.e such functions for which holds for its first derivative and which rapidly decrease in infinity. This means that they vanish more rapidly in infinity than any power functions (practically they vanish exponentially). However, for the conver- gence of the integral (3.1) in the whole complex -plane it is necessary that the functions have to decrease in infinity also more rapidly than any exponential function with arbitrary expressed in (3.5). In particular, to this class belong all rapidly decreasing functions which vanish from a certain on and which may be called non-increasing finite functions (or functions with compact support). On the other side, continuity of its derivatives is not required. The modified Bessel functions “normalized” to the form of entire

functions for possess a representation of the form (3.1) with

functions which vanish from on but a number of derivatives of for the functions is not continuous at depending on the index. It is valuable that here an independent proof of the property that all zeros of the modified Bessel functions lie on the imaginary axis can be made using their differential eq- uations via duality relations. We intend to present this in detail in a later work.

Furthermore, to the considered class belong all monotonically decreasing functions with the described rapid decrease in infinity. The fine difference of the decreasing functions to the non-increasing functions is that in first case the function cannot stay on the same level in a certain interval that means we have for all points instead of only. A function which de- creases not faster than in infinity does not fall into this category as, for example,

the function shows.

To apply the second mean-value theorem it is necessary to restrict us to a class of functions which are non-increasing that means for which for all in considered interval holds

(3.6)

or equivalently in more compact form

(3.7)

The monotonically decreasing functions in the interval, in particular, belong to the class of non-increasing functions with the fine difference that here

(3.8)

is satisfied. Thus smoothness of for is not required. If furthermore is a continuous function in the interval the second mean-value theorem (often called theorem of Bonnet (1867) or Gauss-Bonnet theorem) states an equivalence for the following integral on the left-hand side to the expression on the right-hand side according to (see some monographs about Calculus or Real Analysis; we recommend the monographs of Courant  (Appendix to chap IV) and of Widder  who called it Weierstrass form of Bonnet’s theorem (chap. 5, 4))

(3.9)

where is a certain value within the interval boundaries which as a rule we do not exactly know. It holds also for non-decreasing functions which include the monotonically increasing functions as special class in analogous way. The proof of the second mean-value theorem is comparatively simple by applying a substitution in the (first) mean-value theorem of integral calculus   .

Applied to our function which in addition should rapidly decrease in infinity according to (3.5) this means in connection with monotonic decrease that it has to be positively semi-definite if and therefore

(3.10)

and the theorem (3.9) takes on the form

(3.11)

where the extension to an upper boundary in (3.9) for and in case of existence of the integral is unproblematic.

If we insert in (3.9) for the function which apart from the real variable depends in parametrical way on the complex variable and is an analytic function of we find that depends on this complex parameter also in an analytic way as follows

(3.12)

where is an entire function with its real and its imaginary part. The condition for zeros is that vanishes that leads to

(3.13)

or split in real and imaginary part

(3.14)

for the real part and

(3.15)

for the imaginary part.

The multi-valuedness of the mean-value functions in the conditions (3.13) or (3.15) is an interesting phenomenon which is connected with the periodicity of the function on the imaginary axis in our application (3.12) of the second mean-value theorem (3.11). To our knowledge this is up to now not well studied. We come back to this in the next Sections 4 and, in particular, Section 7 brings some illustrative clarity when we represent the mean-value functions graphically. At present we will say only that we can choose an arbitrary in (3.15) which provides us the whole spectrum of zeros on the upper half-plane and the corresponding spectrum of zeros on the lower half-plane of which as will be later seen lie all on the imaginary axis. Since in computer calculations the values of

the Arcus Sine function are provided in the region from to it is convenient

to choose but all other values of in (3.15) lead to equivalent results.

One may represent the conditions (3.14) and (3.15) also in the following equivalent form

(3.16)

from which follows

(3.17)

All these forms (3.14)-(3.17) are implicit equations with two variables which cannot be resolved with respect to one variable (e.g., in forms for each fixed and branches) and do not provide immediately the necessary conditions for zeros in explicit form but we can check that (3.16) satisfies the Cauchy-Riemann equations as a minimum requirement

(3.18)

We have to establish now closer relations between real and imaginary part and of the complex mean-value parameter. The first step in preparation to this aim is the consideration of the derived conditions on the imaginary axis.

4. Specialization of Second Mean-Value Theorem to Xi Function on Imaginary Axis

By restriction to the real axis we find from (3.3) for the function

(4.1)

with the following two possible representations of related by partial in- tegration

(4.2)

The inequality follows according to the supposition from the non-negativity of the integrand that means from. Therefore, the case can be excluded from the beginning in the further considerations for zeros of and.

We now restrict us to the imaginary axis and find from (3.3) for the function

(4.3)

with the following two possible representations of related by partial in- tegration

(4.4)

From the obvious inequality

(4.5)

together with the supposed positivity of one derives from the first repre- sentation of in (4) the inequality

(4.6)

In the same way by the inequality

(4.7)

one derives using the non-positivity of (see (3.10)) together with the second representation of in (4.4) the inequality

(4.8)

which as it is easily seen does not depend on the sign of. Therefore we have two non-negative parameters, the zeroth moment and the value, which according to (4.6) and (4.8) restrict the range of values of to an interior range both to (4.6) and to (4.8) at once.

For mentioned purpose we now consider the restriction of the mean-value parameter to the imaginary axis for which is a real- valued function of. For arbitrary fixed we find by the second mean-value theorem a parameter in the interval which naturally depends on the chosen value that means. The extension from the imaginary axis to the whole complex plane can be made then using methods of complex analysis. We discuss some formal approaches to this in Appendix B. Now we apply (3.12) to the imaginary axis.

The second mean-value theorem (3.12) on the imaginary axis (or) takes on the form

(4.9)

As already said since the left-hand side is a real-valued function the right-hand side has also to be real-valued and the parameter function is real-valued and there- fore it can only be the real part of the complex function for.

The second mean-value theorem states that lies between the minimal and maximal values of the integration borders that is here between 0 and and this means that should be positive. Here arises a problem which is connected with the periodicity of the function as function of the variable for fixed variable in the application of the mean-value theorem. Let us first consider the special case in (4.9) which leads to

(4.10)

From this relation follows and it seems that all is correct also with the continuation to for arbitrary. One may even give the approximate values and and therefore which, however, are not of importance for the later proofs. If we now start from and continue it continuously to then we see that goes monotonically to zero and approaches zero approximately at that is at the first zero of the function on the positive imaginary axis and goes then first beyond zero and oscillates then with decreasing amplitude for increasing around the value zero with intersecting it exactly at the zeros of. We try to illustrate this graphically in Section 7. All zeros lie then on the branch with. That goes beyond zero seems to contradict the content of the second mean-value theorem according which has to be positive in our application. Here comes into play the multi-valuedness of the mean-value function. For the zeros of in (4.9) the relations with different integers are equivalent and one may find to values equivalent curves with and all these curves begin with for. However, we cannot continue in continuous way to only positive values for.

For the inequality (4.8) is stronger than (4.6) and characterizes the restric- tions of and via the equivalence follows from (4.8)

(4.11)

where the choice of determines a basis interval of the involved multi-valued function and the inequality says that it is in every case possible to choose it from the same interval of length. The zeros of the Xi function on the imaginary axis (critical line) are determined alone by the (multi-valued) function whereas vanishes automatically on the imaginary axis in considered special case and does not add a second condition. Therefore, the zeros are the solutions of the conditions

(4.12)

It is, in general, not possible to obtain the zeros on the critical line exactly from the mean-value function in (4.9) since generally we do not possess it ex- plicitly.

In special cases the function can be calculated explicitly that is the case, for

example, for all (modified) Bessel functions. The most simple case among these is the case when the corresponding function is a step function

(4.13)

where is the Heaviside step function. In this case follows

(4.14)

where is the area under the function

(or the zeroth-order moment of this function. For the squared modulus of the function we find

(4.15)

from which, in particular, it is easy to see that this special function possesses zeros only on the imaginary axis or and that they are determined by

(4.16)

The zeros on the imaginary axis are here equidistant but the solution is absent since then also the denominators in (4.15) are vanishing. The parameter in the second mean-value theorem is here a real constant in the whole complex plane

(4.17)

Practically, the second mean-value theorem compares the result for an arbitrary function under the given restrictions with that for a step function by preserving the value and making the parameter depending on in the whole complex plane. Without discussing now quantitative relations the formulae (4.17) suggest that will stay a “small” function compared with in the neighborhood of the imaginary axis (i.e. for) in a certain sense.

We will see in next Section that the function taking into account determines the functions and and thus in the whole complex plane via the Cauchy-Riemann equations in an operational ap- proach that means in an integrated form which we did not found up to now in literature. The general formal part is again delegated to an Appendix B.

5. Accomplishment of Proof for Zeros of Xi Functions on Imaginary Axis Alone

In last Section we discussed the application of the second mean-value theorem to the function on the imaginary axis. Equations (3.14) and (3.15) or their equivalent forms (3.16) or (3.17) are not yet sufficient to derive conclusions about the position of the zeros on the imaginary axis in dependence on. We have yet to derive more information about the mean-value functions which we obtain by relating the real-valued function and to the function on the imaginary axis taking into account.

The general case of complex can be obtained from the special case in

(4.9) by application of the displacement operator to the function

according to

(5.1)

The function is related to as follows

(5.2)

or in more compact form

(5.3)

This is presented in Appendix B in more general form for additionally non- vanishing and arbitrary holomorphic functions. It means that we may obtain

and by applying the operators and, respectively, to

the function on the imaginary axis (remind vanishes there in our case). Clearly, Equations (5.2) are in agreement with the Cauchy-Riemann eq-

uations and as a minimal requirement.

We now write in the form equivalent to (5.1)

(5.4)

The denominator does not contribute to zeros. Since the Hyperbolic Sine possesses zeros only on the imaginary axis we see from (5.4) that we may expect zeros only for such related variables which satisfy the necessary condition of vanishing of its real part of the argument that leads as we already know to (see (3.14))

(5.5)

The zeros with coordinates themselves can be found then as the (in general non-degenerate) solutions of the following equation (see (3.15))

(5.6)

if these pairs satisfy the necessary condition (5.5). Later we will see that it provides the whole spectrum of solutions for the zeros but we can also obtain each separately from one branch and would they then denote by. Thus we have first of all to look for such pairs which satisfy the condition (5.5) off the imaginary axis that is for since we know already that these functions may possess zeros on the imaginary axis.

Using (5.2) we may represent the necessary condition (5.5) for the proof by the second mean-value theorem in the form

(5.7)

and Equation (5.6) which determines then the position of the zeros can be written with equivalent values

(5.8)

We may represent Equations (5.7) and (5.8) in a simpler form using the following operational identities

(5.9)

which are a specialization of the operational identities (B.11) in Appendix B with and therefore. If we multiply (5.7) and (5.8) both by the function then we may write (5.7) in the form (changing order)

(5.10)

and (5.8) in the form

(5.11)

The left-hand side of these conditions possess the general form for the extension of a holomorphic function from the functions and on the imaginary axis to the whole complex plane in case of and if we apply this to the function. Equations (5.10) and (5.11) possess now the most simple form, we found, to accomplish the proof for the exclusive position of zeros on the imaginary axis. All information about the zeros of the Xi function for arbitrary is now contained in the conditions (5.10) and (5.11) which we now discuss.

Since is a nonsingular operator we can multiply both sides of equation (5.11) by the inverse operator and obtain

(5.12)

This equation is yet fully equivalent to (5.11) for arbitrary but it provides only the same possible solutions for the values of zeros as for zeros on the imaginary axis. This alone already suggests that it cannot be that zeros with if they exist possess the same values of as the zeros on the imaginary axis. But in such form the proof of the impossibility of zeros off the imaginary axis seemed to be not satisfactory and we present in the following some slightly different variants which go deeper into the details of the proof.

In analogous way by multiplication of (5.10) with the operator and (5.11) with the operator and addition of both equations we also obtain

condition (5.12) that means

(5.13)

The equal conditions (5.12) and (5.13) which are identical with the condition for zeros on the imaginary axis are a necessary condition for all zeros. For each chosen equivalent (remind depends then on which we do not mention by the notation) one obtains an infinite series of solutions for the zeros of the function

(5.14)

whereas for Equation (5.12), by definition of, is not satisfied. Supposing that we know that is as a rule not the case, we could solve for each the usually transcendental Equation (5.13) graphically, for example, by drawing the equivalent functions over variable as abscissa and looking for the intersections points with the lines over (Section 7). These intersection points are the solutions for zeros on the imaginary axis. Choosing the condition (5.10) is identically satisfied that, however, is not the case for in general.

Now we have to look for zeros in case by an additional independent condition in comparison to (5.13). Whereas for zeros with the condition (5.10) is identically satisfied we have to examine this condition for zeros with. In the case of we may divide both sides of the condition (5.10) by and obtain

(5.15)

Since is a nonsingular operator (in contrast to which pos-

sesses 0 as eigenvalue to eigenfunction

arbitrary) we may multiply

Equation (5.15) by the inverse operator and obtain

(5.16)

This condition has also to be satisfied for the solution of (5.12) in case of that means

(5.17)

Both conditions (5.13) and (5.16) taken together mean that a corresponding zero must possess a twofold degeneration.

From condition (5.11) combined with (5.10) follows by Taylor series expansion with

respect to for arbitrary complex

(5.18)

and the independence of the left-hand side of for arbitrary complex requires

vanishing of the coefficients for for solutions. Let us

assume

(5.19)

From the Taylor series expansion of the function in the neighborhood of a solution follows then

(5.20)

Thus using (5.19) we can find zeros for that means off the imaginary axis if the mean-value function possesses the form

(5.21)

for a certain integer. According to (5.2) the whole mean-value functions and are then

(5.22)

or in compact form

(5.23)

If we insert into Equation (3.12) then we get for all and. This means that all conditions for zeros with together do not lead to a solution for certain. Under the assumption (5.19) we have proved that all zeros of Xi functions lie on the imaginary axis.

For an alternative proof let us now solve the two Equations (5.15) and (5.11) directly and to show in this way the impossibility of zeros for. To solve these equations we make a Fourier decomposition of the function as follows

(5.24)

Then (5.15) takes on the form

(5.25)

that due to the uniqueness of the Fourier decomposition of a function in a Fourier integral is only possible if

(5.26)

as a necessary condition. Nontrivial solutions of this equation for are only

possible for such for which vanishes that means for

and where is then proportional to a delta function. Thus the general solution of (5.26) possesses the following form of a generalized function (the prime at the sum means that the term to is absent)

(5.27)

with complex numbers as amplitudes. As remark we mention that de- rivatives of delta functions we do not have to include in this solution since all zeros of are simple zeros and, furthermore, that is a generalized analytic function (also called analytical functional) with the possible extension of the variable to the whole complex plane.

The inverse Fourier transformation of according to (5.27) provides

(5.28)

Already this form excludes (5.28) as a possible solution for which does not have to depend on variable with exception of the case which we already could exclude as possible case for zeros (see beginning of Section 4). In addition, we will show that it is not compatible with the general solution of (5.11) which determines the position of the zeros and which with the Fourier decomposition (5.24) takes on the form

(5.29)

It leads to the following equation for the Fourier coefficients

(5.30)

with the general solution (analogously to (5.27))

(5.31)

with arbitrary coefficients. The inversion of this solution is

(5.32)

which for is only possible if all coefficients and are vanishing.

The two general solutions (5.28) and (5.32) of the two Equations (5.15) and (5.11) for, the first for the case only, are incompatible for any choice of the coefficients and with the only exception of that means on the real axis where the exponential functions in (5.28) and (5.32) become constant functions. How- ever, the case for arbitrary could be excluded from the beginning according to (4.2) as a consequence of the positive (semi-)definiteness of the function by supposition.

We have now finally proved that all Xi functions of the form (3.1) for which the second mean-value theorem is applicable (function positively semi-definite and non-increasing) may possess zeros only on the imaginary axis. The decisive dif- ference for possible zeros on and off the imaginary axis in the approach by the second mean-value theorem was that we have to satisfy in general case two independent real-valued conditions from which one in case of the imaginary axis and only there is automatically satisfied for the whole imaginary axis and not only for the zeros on it.

6. Some Consequences from Proof of the Riemann Hypothesis

The given proof for zeros only on the imaginary axis for the considered Xi function includes as special case the function to the Rie- mann hypothesis which is given in (2.26). However, it includes also the whole class of modified Bessel functions of imaginary argument which possess zeros only on the imaginary axis and if we make the substitution also the usual Bessel function which possess zeros only on the real axis.

We may ask about possible degeneracies of the zeros of the Xi functions on the imaginary axis. Our proof does not give a recipe to see whether such degeneracies are possible or not. In case of the Riemann zeta function one cannot expect a degeneracy because the countable number of all nontrivial zeros are (likely) irrational (transcendental?, proof?) numbers but we do not know a proof for this.

For as an entire function one may pose the question of its factorization with

factors of the form where goes through all roots where in case of de-

generacy the same factors are taken multiple times according to the degeneracy. It is well known that an entire function using its ordered zeros can be represented in Weierstrass product form multiplied by an exponential function with an entire function function in the exponent with the result that is an entire function without zeros. This possesses the form (e.g.,  )

(6.1)

with a polynomial of degree which depending on the roots must be appropriately chosen to guarantee the convergence of the product. This polynomial is defined by first sum terms in the Taylor series for 4

(6.2)

By means of these polynomials the Weierstrass factors are defined as the functions

(6.3)

from which follows

(6.4)

From this form it is seen that possesses the following initial terms of the Taylor series

(6.5)

and is a function with a zero at but with a Taylor series expansion which begins

with the terms.

Hadamard made a precision of the Weierstrass product form by connecting the degree of the polynomials in (6.1) with the order of growth of the entire function and showed that can be chosen independently of the -th root by. The order of which is equal to 1 is not a strict order (for this last notion see  ). However, this does not play a role in the Hadamard product representation of and the polynomials in (6.1) can be chosen as that means equal to 0 according to. The entire function in the exponent in (6.1) can be only a constant since in other case it would introduce a higher growth of. Thus the product representation of possesses the form

(6.6)

where we took into account the symmetry of the zeros and the proof that all zeros lie on the imaginary axis and a zero is absent. With we denoted the first moment of the function.

Formula (6.6) in connection with his hypothesis was already used by Riemann in  and later proved by von Mangoldt where the product representation of entire functions by Weierstrass which was later stated more precisely by Hadamard plays a role. There is another formula for an approximation to the number of nontrivial zeros of or which in application to the number of zeros of on the imaginary axis in the interval between and. It takes on the form (for is equivalent to usual for)

(6.7)

with the logarithmically growing density

(6.8)

As long as the Riemann hypothesis was not proved it was formulated for the critical strip of the complex coordinate in parallel to the imaginary axis and with between and (with equal to our in (6.7)). It was already suggested by Riemann  but not proved in detail there and was later proved by von Mangoldt in 1905. A detailed proof by means of the argument principle can be found in  . It seems that from our approach also follows a simple proof. The result of Hardy (1914) (cited in  ) that there exist an infinite number of zeros on the critical line is a step to the full proof of the Riemann hypothesis. Section 4 of present article may be considered as involving such proof of this last statement.

We have now proved that functions defined by integrals of the form (3.1) with non-increasing functions which decrease in infinity sufficiently rapidly in a way that becomes an entire function of possess zeros only on the im- aginary axis. As already said this did not provide a recipe to see in which cases all zeros on the imaginary axis are simple zeros but it is unlikely that within a countable sequence of (pseudo-) randomly chosen real numbers (the zeros) two of them are coincident (it seems to be difficult to formulate last statement in a more rigorous way). It also did not provide a direct formula for the number of zeros in an interval from zero to on the imaginary axis or of its density there but, as mentioned, Riemann  suggested for this an approximate formula and von Mangoldt proved it

The proof of the Riemann hypothesis is included as the special case (2.26) of the function into a wider class of functions with an integral representation of the form (3.1) which under the discussed necessary conditions allowing the application of the second mean-value theorem of calculus possess zeros only on the imaginary axis. The equivalent forms (2.35) and (2.36) of the integral (3.1) where the functions, for example, are no more generally non-increasing suggest that conditions for zeros only on the imaginary axis are existent for more general cases than such prescribed here by the second mean-value theorem. A certain difference may happen then, for example, for because powers of it are in the denominators in the representations in (2.36).

7. Graphical Illustration of Mean-Value Parameters to Xi Function for the Riemann Hypothesis

To get an imagination how the mean-value function looks like we calculate it for the imaginary axis and for the real axis for the case of the function in (2.26) that is possible numerically. From the two equations for general and for

(7.1)

follows

(7.2)

with the two initial terms of the Taylor series

(7.3)

and with the two initial terms of the asymptotic series

(7.4)

From (7.2) follows

(7.5)

This can be numerically calculated from the explicit form (2.26) of. For

and for (and only for these cases) the function is real-valued, in

particular, for

(7.6)

and for

(7.7)

where we applied the first two terms of the Taylor series expansion of in powers of. A small problem is here that we get the value for this multi-valued

function in the range. Since is an even function

with only positive coefficients in its Taylor series the term in braces is in every case positive that becomes important below.

The two curves which we get for and for are shown in Figure 4.

The function for on the real axis (second partial picture) is not very exciting. The necessary condition (see (5.5)) can be satisfied only for

but it is easily to see from that there is no zero.

For the function on the imaginary axis the necessary condition (see (5.5)) is trivially satisfied since and does not restrict the solutions for zeros. In this case only the sufficient condition determines the position of the zeros on the im- aginary axis. The first two pairs of zeros are at and the reason that we do not see them in Figure 4 is the rapid decrease of the function with increasing. If we enlarge this range we see that the curve goes beyond the -axis after the first root at 14.135 of the Xi function. As a surprise for the second mean-value method we see that the parameter becomes oscillating around this axis. This means that the roots which are generally determined by the equation (see (5.6)) are determined here by the value alone. The reason for this is the multi-valuedness of the ArcSine function according to

(7.8)

Figure 4. Mean value parameters and for the Xi function in the proof of the Riemann hypothesis. It is not to see in the chosen scale that the curve goes beyond the -axis and oscillates around it due to extremely rapid vanishing of the envelope of with increasing but we do not resolves this here by additional graphics because this behavior is better to see in the case of modified Bessel functions intended to present in future. Using (7.2) we calculate numerically that is the value which we call the optimal value for the moment series expansion. The part in the second partial figure which at the first glance looks like a straight line as asymptote is not such.

If we choose the values for the -function not in the basic interval

for which the Taylor series provides the values but from other equivalent

intervals according to (7.8) we get other curves for and from which we also may determine the zeros (see Figure 5), however, with other values

Figure 5. Mean value parameters in the proof of the Riemann hypothesis. On the left-hand side there are shown the mean value parameters for the Xi function to the Riemann hypothesis if we do not take the values of the function in the basic range but in equivalent ranges according to (7.8). On the right-hand side are shown the corresponding functions which according to and the condition for zeros lead to equivalent ranges (see (4.12)) determine the zeros of the Xi function on the imaginary axis. We see that the multi-valuedness of the function does not spoil a unique result for the zeros because every branch find the corresponding of where then all zeros lie. Due to extremely rapid decrease of the function with increasing this is difficult to see (position of first three zero at is shown) but if we separate small intervals of and enlarge the range of values for this becomes visible (similar as in Figure 3). We do not make this here because this effect is better visible for the modified Bessel functions which we intend to consider at another place.

in the relation and the results are invariant with respect to the multi-valuedness. This is better to see in case of the modified Bessel functions for which the curves vanish less rapidly with increasing as we intend to show at another place. All these considerations do not touch the proof of the non- existence of roots off the imaginary axis but should serve only for better understanding of the involved functions. It seems that the specific phenomenons of the second mean-value theorem (3.9) if the functions there are oscillating functions (re- mind, only continuity is required) are not yet well illustrated in detail.

We now derive a few general properties of the function which can be seen in the Figures. From (4.9) written in the form and by Taylor series expansion according to

(7.9)

follows from the even symmetry of the left-hand side that also has to be a

function of the variable with even symmetry (notation)

(7.10)

with the consequence

(7.11)

Concretely, we obtain by -fold differentiation of both sides of (7.9) at for the first coefficients of the Taylor series

(7.12)

from which follows

(7.13)

Since the first sum term on the right-hand side is negative and the second is positive it depends from their values whether or not possesses a positive or negative value. For the special function in (2.26) which plays a role in the Riemann hypothesis we find approximately

(7.14)

meaning that the second coefficient in the expansion of in a Taylor series in powers of is negative that can be seen in the first part of Figure 4. However, as we have seen the proof of the Riemann hypothesis is by no means critically connected with some numerical values.

In principle, the proof of the Riemann hypothesis is accomplished now and illustrated and we will stop here. However, for a deeper understanding of the proof it would be favorable to consider some aspects of the proof such as, for example, analogues to other functions with a representation of the form (3.1) and with zeros only on the imaginary axis and some other approaches although they did not lead to the full proof that, however, we cannot make here.

8. Equivalent Formulations of the Main Theorems in a Summary

In present article we proved the following main result

Theorem 1:

Let be a real-valued function of variable in the interval which is positive semi-definite in this interval and non-increasing and is rapidly vanishing in infinity, more rapidly than any exponential function, that means

(8.1)

Then the following integral with arbitrary complex parameter

(8.2)

is an entire function of with possible zeros only on the imaginary axis that means

(8.3)

Proof:

The proof of this theorem for non-increasing functions takes on Sections 3-5 of this article. The function in (2.26) satisfies these conditions and thus provides a proof of the Riemann hypothesis.

Remark:

An analogous theorem is obviously true by substituting in (8.2) and by interchanging the role of the imaginary and of the real axis. Furthermore, a similar theorem with a few peculiarities (e.g., degeneracy) is true for substituting in (8.2) by.

Theorem 1 can be formulated in some equivalent ways which lead to interesting consequences5. The Mellin transformation of an arbitrary function together with its inversion is defined by   

(8.4)

where the real value has only to lie in the convergence strip for the definition of by the integral. Formula (8.2) is an integral transform of the function and can be considered as the application of an integral operator to the function which using the Mellin transform of the function can be written in the following convenient form

(8.5)

This is due to

(8.6)

where is the operator of multiplication of the argument of an arbitrary function

by the number, i.e. it transforms as follows

(8.7)

according to the following chain of conclusions starting from the property that all

functions are eigenfunctions of to eigenvalue

(8.8)

This chain is almost obvious and does not need more explanations. The operators

are linear operators in linear spaces depending on the considered set of numbers

.

Expressed by real variables and by

we find from (8.5)

(8.9)

From this formula follows that may be obtained by transformation of alone via

(8.10)

On the right-hand side we have a certain redundance since in analytic functions the information which is contained in the values of the function on the imaginary axis is fully contained also in other parts of the function (here of).

The most simple transformation of is by a delta function as function which stretches only the argument of the Hyperbolic Cosine function. The next simple transformation is with a function function in form of a step function which leads to the transformation

. Our application of the second mean-value theorem reduced other

cases under the suppositions of the theorem to this case, however, with parameter depending on complex variable.

The great analogy between displacement operators (infinitesimal) of the argument of a function and multiplication operator (infinitesimal) of the argu-

ment of a function with respect to the role of Fourier transformation and of Mellin transformation can be best seen from the following two relations

(8.11)

We remind that Mellin and Fourier transform are related by substituting the in- tegration variables and the independent variables and by the sub- stitutions and in (8.11).

Using the discussed Mellin transformation Theorem 1 can be reformulated as follows

Theorem:

The mapping of the function of the complex variable into the function

by an operator according to

(8.12)

where is the Mellin transformation of the function which last possesses the properties given in Theorem 1 maps the function with zeros only on the imaginary axis again into a function with zeros only on the imaginary axis.

Proof:

It is proved as a reformulation of the Theorem 1 which is supposed here to be correctly proved.

It was almost evident that the theorem may be formulated for more general functions as supposed for the application of the second mean-value theorem as was already mentioned. Under the suppositions of the theorem the integral on the left-hand side of (8.5) can be transformed by partial integration to (notation:

)

(8.13)

The derivative of the function to the Riemann hypothesis although semi-definite (here negatively) and rapidly vanishing in infinity is not monotonic and possesses a minimum (see (2.26) and Figure 2). In case of the (modified) Bessel functions we find by partial integration (e.g.,  )

(8.14)

where the functions in the second transform for are non-negative

but not monotonic and possess a maximum for a certain value within the interval. The forms (8.13) for and (8.14) suggest that there should be true a similar theorem to the integral in (8.2) with substitution and that monotonicity of the corresponding functions should not be the ultimate requirement for the zeros in such transforms on the imaginary axis.

Another consequence of the Theorem 1 follows from the non-negativity of the squared modulus of the function resulting in the obvious inequality (here)

(8.15)

which can be satisfied with the equality sign only on the imaginary axis for discrete values (the zeros of). By transition from Cartesian coordinates to inertial-point coordinates according to

(8.16)

Equation (8.15) can be also written

(8.17)

As already said the case of the equality sign in (8.15) or (8.17) can only be obtained for and then only for discrete values of by solution of this inequality with the specialization for

(8.18)

A short equivalent formulation of the inequality (8.15) and (8.17) together with (8.18) is the following

Theorem 2:

If the function satisfies the suppositions in Theorem 1 then with

(8.19)

Proof:

As a consequence of proved Theorem 1 it is also true.

The sufficient condition that this inequality is satisfied with the equality sign is that we first set in the expressions on the right-hand side of (8.15) and that we then determine the zeros of the obtained equation for. In case of indefinite there are possible in addition zeros on the -axis.

Remark:

Practically, (8.15) is an inequality for which it is difficult to prove in another way that it can be satisfied with the equality sign only for. Proved in another way with specialization (2.26) for it would be an independent proof of the Riemann hypothesis.

9. Conclusion

We proved in this article the Riemann hypothesis embedded into a more general theorem for a class of functions with a representation of the form (3.1) for real- valued functions which are positive semi-definite and non-increasing in the interval and which are vanishing in infinity more rapidly than any exponential function with. The special Xi function to the function given in (26) which is essentially the xi function equivalent to the Riemann zeta function concerning the hypothesis belongs to the described class of functions.

Modified Bessel functions of imaginary argument “normalized” to entire functions

for belong also to this class of functions with a re-

presentation of the form (3.1) with which satisfy the mentioned conditions and in this last case it is well known and proved in independent way that their zeros lie only on the imaginary axis corresponding to the critical line in the Riemann hypothesis. Knowing this property of the modified Bessel functions we looked from beginning for whole classes of functions including the Riemann zeta function which satisfy analogous conditions as expressed in the Riemann hypothesis. The details of the approach to Bessel functions and also to certain classes of almost-periodic functions we prepare for another work.

The numerical search for zeros of the Riemann zeta function in the critical strip, in particular, off the critical line may come now to an end by the proof of the Riemann hypothesis since its main purpose was, in our opinion, to find a counter- example to the Riemann hypothesis and thus to disprove it. We did not pay attention in this article to methods of numerical calculation of the zeros with (ultra-)high precision and for very high values of the imaginary part. However, the proof if correct may deliver some calculators now from their pain to have to calculate more and more zeros of the Riemann zeta function.

We think that some approaches in this article may possess importance also for other problems. First of all this is the operational approach of the transition from real and imaginary part of a function on the real or imaginary axis to an analytic function in the whole complex plane. In principle, this is possible using the Cauchy-Riemann eq- uations but the operational approach integrates this to two integer instead of dif- ferential equations. We think that this is possible also in curved coordinates and is in particular effective starting from curves of constant real or imaginary part of one of these functions on a curve.

One of the fascinations of prime number theory is the relation of the apparently chaotic distribution function of prime numbers on the real axis to a fully well-ordered analytic function, the Riemann zeta function, at least, in its representation in sum form as a special Dirichlet series and thus providing the relations between multiplicative and additive representations of arithmetic functions.

Appendix A

Transformation of the Xi Function

In this Appendix we transform the function defined in (2.8) by means of the zeta function from the form taken from (2.5) to the form (2.9) using the Poisson summation formula. The Poisson summation formula is the transformation of a sum over a lattice into a sum over the reciprocal lattice. More generally, in one- dimensional case the decomposition of a special periodic function with period defined by the following series over functions

(A.1)

can be transformed into the reciprocal lattice providing a Fourier series as follows. For this purpose we expand in a Fourier series with Fourier coefficients and

make then obvious transformations (and ch-

anging the order of summation and integration) according to

(A.2)

where the coefficients of the decomposition of are given by the Fourier transform of the function defined in the following way

(A.3)

Using the period of the reciprocal lattice relation on the right-hand side of

(A.2) it may be written in the forms

(A.4)

In the special case one obtains from (A.4) the well-known basic form of the Poisson summation formula

(A.5)

Formula (A.5) applied to the sum corresponding to

with Fourier transform provides a relation

which can be written in the following symmetric form (we need it in the following only for)

(A.6)

This is essentially a transformation of the Theta function in special case

. We now apply this to a transformation of the function.

From (2.9) and (2.5) follows

(A.7)

The second term in braces is convergent for arbitrary due to the rapid vanishing of the summands of the sum for. To the first term in braces we apply the Poisson summation formula (A.5) and obtain from the special result (A.6)

(A.8)

with the substitution of the integration variable made in last line. Thus from

(A.7) we find

(A.9)

With the substitution of the integration variable

(A.10)

and with displacement of the complex variable to and introduction of

(A.11)

given in (2.24). In the following we transform this representation by means of partial integration to a form which due to symmetries is particularly appropriate for the further considerations about the Riemann zeta function.

Using the substitution (A.10) we define a function by means of the function in (A.6) as follows

(A.12)

and explicitly due to Poisson summation formula

(A.13)

From according to (A.6) follows that is a symmetric function

(A.14)

Therefore, all even derivatives of are also symmetric functions, whereas all odd derivatives of are antisymmetric functions (we denote these derivatives by

)

(A.15)

Explicitly, one obtains for the first two derivatives

(A.16)

As a subsidiary result we obtain from vanishing of the odd derivatives of at that means from an infinite sequence of special sum evaluations from which the first two are

(A.17)

We checked relations (A.17) numerically by computer up to a sufficiently high precision. We also could not find (A.17) among the known transformations of theta functions. The interesting feature of these sum evaluations is that herein power functions as well as exponential functions containing the transcendental number in the exponent are involved in a way which finally leads to a rational number that should also be attractive for recreation mathematics. In contrast, in the well-known series for the trigonometric functions one obtains for certain rational multiples of as argu- ment also rational numbers but one has involved there only power functions with rational coefficients that means rational functions although an infinite number of them.

Using the function the function in (A.11) can be represented as

(A.18)

From this we obtain by partial integration

(A.19)

where the contribution from the lower integration limit at has exactly canceled

the constant term on the right-hand side of (A.18) and the contributions from the

upper limit is vanishing. Using (A.16) we find with abbreviation according to

(A.20)

the following basic structural form of the Xi function

(A.21)

with the following explicit representation of

(A.22)

Since according to (A.15) the even derivatives of are symmetric functions it follows from relation (A.22) that is also a symmetric function and (A.27) holds. This is not immediately seen from the explicit representation (A.22). Furthermore, is positively definite for since the factor in (A.22) is positive for and and all other factors too. It goes rapidly to zero for, more rapidly than any exponential function with arbitrary and arbitrary due to factors in the sum terms in (A.22). For the first derivative of we find

(A.23)

It is vanishing for due to its antisymmetry and negatively definite for as the negative sign of together with considerations of the sum for show (i.e., the polynomial for

and negativity is already obtained taking the first two sum

terms to and alone). Thus is monotonically decreasing for. A few approximate numerical values of parameters for the function are

(A.24)

In next Appendix we consider the transition from analytic functions given on the real or imaginary axis to the whole complex plane.

Appendix B

Transition from Analytic Functions on Real or Imaginary Axis to Whole Complex Plane

The operator is the infinitesimal displacement operator and the

finite displacement operator for the displacement of the argument of a function. In complex analysis the real variable can be displaced with view to an analytic function to the complex variable in the whole complex plane by

(B.1)

where denotes the commutator of two operators A and B, in particular and (B.1) may be written in the form

(B.2)

Analogously, the transition from the variable on the imaginary axis to the variable in the whole complex plane may be written as

(B.3)

In the following we consider only the case (B.2) since the case (B.3) is completely analogous with simple substitutions.

We wrote the Equations (B.1), (B.2) and (B.3) in a form which we call operational form and meaning that they may be applied to further functions on the left-hand and correspondingly right-hand side6. It is now easy to see that an analytic function

can be generated from on the -axis in ope-

rational form by

(B.4)

and analogously from on the imaginary axis by

(B.5)

Writing the function with real part and imaginary part in the form

(B.6)

we find from (B.4)

(B.7)

and correspondingly

(B.8)

From (B.7) and (B.8) follows forming the sum and the difference

(B.9)

These are yet operational identities which can be applied to arbitrary functions. Applied to the function follows

(B.10)

In full analogy we may derive the continuation of an analytic function from the imaginary axes to the whole complex plane in operational form

(B.11)

and this applied to the function

(B.12)

It is easy to check that both (B.10) and (B.12) satisfy the Cauchy-Riemann equations

(B.13)

and it is even possible to derive these relations from these equations by Taylor series expansions of and in powers of or in dependence from which axis we make the continuation to the whole complex plane. For example, in expansion in powers of we obtain using (B.13) (and the resulting equations

from them)

(B.14)

that can be written in compact form

(B.15)

and is equivalent to (B.10). Analogously by expansion in powers of as intermediate step we obtain

(B.16)

that is equivalent to (B.12). Therefore, relations (B.15) and (B.16) represent some integral forms of the Cauchy-Riemann equations.

In cases if one of the functions or in (B.10) or or in (B.12) is vanishing these formulae simplify and the case is applied in Section 5. We did not find up to now such representations in textbooks to complex analysis but it seems to be possible that they are somewhere.

NOTES

1Riemann  defines it more specially for argument and writes it with real corresponding to our. Our definition agrees, e.g., with Equation (1) in Section 1.8 on p. 16 of Edwards  and with  and many others.

2According to Havil  , (p. 193), already Euler correctly conjectured this relation for the zeta function which is equivalent to relation (2.12) for the function but could not prove it. Only Riemann proved it first.

3It was for us for the first time and was very surprising to meet a function where its symmetry was not easily seen from its explicit representation. However, if we substitute in (2.26) and calculate and plot the part of for with the obtained formula then we need much more sum terms for the same accurateness than in case of calculation with (2.26).

4Sometimes our is denoted by.

5Some of these equivalences now formulated as consequences originate from trials to prove the Riemann hypothesis in other way.

6Non-operational form would be if we write, for example, instead of (B.2) which is correct but cannot be applied to further functions, for example to.

Cite this paper: Wünsche, A. (2016) Approach to a Proof of the Riemann Hypothesis by the Second Mean-Value Theorem of Calculus. Advances in Pure Mathematics, 6, 972-1021. doi: 10.4236/apm.2016.613074.
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