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Modulus (Elliptic Integral)

A parameter $k$ used in Elliptic Integrals and Elliptic Functions defined to be $k\equiv \sqrt{m}$, where $m$ is the Parameter. An Elliptic Integral is written $I(\phi,k)$ when the modulus is used. It can be computed explicitly in terms of Theta Functions of zero argument:

k={{\vartheta_2}^2(0\vert\tau)\over {\vartheta_3}^2(0\vert\tau)}.
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The Real period $K(k)$ and Imaginary period $K'(k)=K(k')=K(\sqrt{1-k^2}\,)$ are given by
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where $K(k)$ is a complete Elliptic Integral of the First Kind and the complementary modulus is defined by
k'^2\equiv 1-k^2,
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with $k$ the modulus.

See also Amplitude, Characteristic (Elliptic Integral), Elliptic Function, Elliptic Integral, Elliptic Integral Singular Value, Modular Angle, Nome, Parameter, Theta Function


Abramowitz, M. and Stegun, C. A. (Eds.). Handbook of Mathematical Functions with Formulas, Graphs, and Mathematical Tables, 9th printing. New York: Dover, p. 590, 1972.

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