The **Riemann zeta function** or **Euler–Riemann zeta function**, *ζ*(*s*), is a mathematical function of a complex variable *s*, and can be expressed as:

- Definition
- Specific values
- Euler's product formula
- Riemann's functional equation
- Zeros, the critical line, and the Riemann hypothesis
- Number of zeros in the critical strip
- The Hardy–Littlewood conjectures
- Zero-free region
- Other results
- Various properties
- Reciprocal
- Universality
- Estimates of the maximum of the modulus of the zeta function
- The argument of the Riemann zeta function
- Representations
- Dirichlet series
- Mellin-type integrals
- Theta functions
- Laurent series
- Integral
- Rising factorial
- Hadamard product
- Globally convergent series
- Series representation at positive integers via the primorial
- Series representation by the incomplete poly-Bernoulli numbers
- The Mellin transform of the Engel map
- Series representation as a sum of geometric series
- Numerical algorithms
- Applications
- Infinite series
- Generalizations
- See also
- Notes
- References
- External links

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The Riemann zeta function plays a pivotal role in analytic number theory and has applications in physics, probability theory, and applied statistics.

Leonhard Euler first introduced and studied the function in the first half of the eighteenth century, using only real numbers, as complex analysis was not available at the time. Bernhard Riemann's 1859 article "On the Number of Primes Less Than a Given Magnitude" extended the Euler definition to a complex variable, proved its meromorphic continuation and functional equation, and established a relation between its zeros and the distribution of prime numbers.^{ [2] }

The values of the Riemann zeta function at even positive integers were computed by Euler. The first of them, *ζ*(2), provides a solution to the Basel problem. In 1979 Roger Apéry proved the irrationality of *ζ*(3) . The values at negative integer points, also found by Euler, are rational numbers and play an important role in the theory of modular forms. Many generalizations of the Riemann zeta function, such as Dirichlet series, Dirichlet L-functions and L-functions, are known.

The Riemann zeta function *ζ*(*s*) is a function of a complex variable *s* = *σ* + *it*. (The notation s, σ, and t is used traditionally in the study of the zeta function, following Riemann.) When Re(*s*) = *σ* > 1, the function can be written as a converging summation or integral:

where

is the gamma function. The Riemann zeta function is defined for other complex values via analytic continuation of the function defined for *σ* > 1.

Leonhard Euler considered the above series in 1740 for positive integer values of s, and later Chebyshev extended the definition to ^{ [3] }

The above series is a prototypical Dirichlet series that converges absolutely to an analytic function for s such that *σ* > 1 and diverges for all other values of s. Riemann showed that the function defined by the series on the half-plane of convergence can be continued analytically to all complex values *s* ≠ 1. For *s* = 1, the series is the harmonic series which diverges to +∞ , and

Thus the Riemann zeta function is a meromorphic function on the whole complex s-plane, which is holomorphic everywhere except for a simple pole at *s* = 1 with residue 1.

For any positive even integer 2*n*:

where *B*_{2n} is the 2*n*-th Bernoulli number.

For odd positive integers, no such simple expression is known, although these values are thought to be related to the algebraic K-theory of the integers; see Special values of L-functions.

For nonpositive integers, one has

for *n* ≥ 0 (using the convention that *B*_{1} = −1/2).

In particular, ζ vanishes at the negative even integers because *B*_{m} = 0 for all odd m other than 1. These are the so-called "trivial zeros" of the zeta function.

Via analytic continuation, one can show that:

- This gives a pretext for assigning a finite value to the divergent series 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + ⋯, which has been used in certain contexts (Ramanujan summation) such as string theory.
^{ [4] }

- This gives a pretext for assigning a finite value to the divergent series 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + ⋯, which has been used in certain contexts (Ramanujan summation) such as string theory.

- Similarly to the above, this assigns a finite result to the series 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + ⋯.

- This is employed in calculating kinetic boundary layer problems of linear kinetic equations.
^{ [5] }

- This is employed in calculating kinetic boundary layer problems of linear kinetic equations.

- If we approach from numbers larger than 1, this is the harmonic series. But its Cauchy principal value
- exists and is the Euler–Mascheroni constant
*γ*= 0.5772….

- If we approach from numbers larger than 1, this is the harmonic series. But its Cauchy principal value

- This is employed in calculating the critical temperature for a Bose–Einstein condensate in a box with periodic boundary conditions, and for spin wave physics in magnetic systems.

- The demonstration of this equality is known as the Basel problem. The reciprocal of this sum answers the question:
*What is the probability that two numbers selected at random are relatively prime?*^{ [6] }

- The demonstration of this equality is known as the Basel problem. The reciprocal of this sum answers the question:

- This number is called Apéry's constant.

- This appears when integrating Planck's law to derive the Stefan–Boltzmann law in physics.

Taking the limit , one obtains .

In 1737, the connection between the zeta function and prime numbers was discovered by Euler, who proved the identity

where, by definition, the left hand side is *ζ*(*s*) and the infinite product on the right hand side extends over all prime numbers p (such expressions are called Euler products):

Both sides of the Euler product formula converge for Re(*s*) > 1. The proof of Euler's identity uses only the formula for the geometric series and the fundamental theorem of arithmetic. Since the harmonic series, obtained when *s* = 1, diverges, Euler's formula (which becomes ∏_{p}*p*/*p* − 1) implies that there are infinitely many primes.^{ [7] }

The Euler product formula can be used to calculate the asymptotic probability that s randomly selected integers are set-wise coprime. Intuitively, the probability that any single number is divisible by a prime (or any integer) p is 1/*p*. Hence the probability that s numbers are all divisible by this prime is 1/*p*^{s}, and the probability that at least one of them is *not* is 1 − 1/*p*^{s}. Now, for distinct primes, these divisibility events are mutually independent because the candidate divisors are coprime (a number is divisible by coprime divisors n and m if and only if it is divisible by nm, an event which occurs with probability 1/*nm*). Thus the asymptotic probability that s numbers are coprime is given by a product over all primes,

The zeta function satisfies the functional equation

where Γ(*s*) is the gamma function. This is an equality of meromorphic functions valid on the whole complex plane. The equation relates values of the Riemann zeta function at the points s and 1 − *s*, in particular relating even positive integers with odd negative integers. Owing to the zeros of the sine function, the functional equation implies that *ζ*(*s*) has a simple zero at each even negative integer *s* = −2*n*, known as the ** trivial zeros** of *ζ*(*s*). When s is an even positive integer, the product sin(π*s*/2)Γ(1 − *s*) on the right is non-zero because Γ(1 − *s*) has a simple pole, which cancels the simple zero of the sine factor.

Proof of Riemann's functional equation |
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A proof of the functional equation proceeds as follows: We observe that if , then As a result, if then with the inversion of the limiting processes justified by absolute convergence (hence the stricter requirement on ). For convenience, let Then By the Poisson summation formula we have so that Hence This is equivalent to or So which is convergent for all which is the functional equation. E. C. Titchmarsh (1986). |

The functional equation was established by Riemann in his 1859 paper "On the Number of Primes Less Than a Given Magnitude" and used to construct the analytic continuation in the first place. An equivalent relationship had been conjectured by Euler over a hundred years earlier, in 1749, for the Dirichlet eta function (the alternating zeta function):

Incidentally, this relation gives an equation for calculating *ζ*(*s*) in the region 0 < Re(*s*) < 1, i.e.

where the *η*-series is convergent (albeit non-absolutely) in the larger half-plane *s* > 0 (for a more detailed survey on the history of the functional equation, see e.g. Blagouchine^{ [8] }^{ [9] }).

Riemann also found a symmetric version of the functional equation applying to the xi-function:

which satisfies:

(Riemann's original *ξ*(*t*) was slightly different.)

The functional equation shows that the Riemann zeta function has zeros at −2, −4,…. These are called the **trivial zeros**. They are trivial in the sense that their existence is relatively easy to prove, for example, from sin π*s*/2 being 0 in the functional equation. The non-trivial zeros have captured far more attention because their distribution not only is far less understood but, more importantly, their study yields important results concerning prime numbers and related objects in number theory. It is known that any non-trivial zero lies in the open strip {*s* ∈ **ℂ** : 0 < Re(*s*) < 1}, which is called the **critical strip**. The set {*s* ∈ **ℂ** : Re(*s*) = 1/2} is called the **critical line**. The Riemann hypothesis, considered one of the greatest unsolved problems in mathematics, asserts that all non-trivial zeros are on the critical line. In 1989, Conrey proved that more than 40% of the non-trivial zeros of the Riemann zeta function are on the critical line.^{ [10] }

For the Riemann zeta function on the critical line, see Z-function.

Zero |
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1/2 ± 14.134725 i |

1/2 ± 21.022040 i |

1/2 ± 25.010858 i |

1/2 ± 30.424876 i |

1/2 ± 32.935062 i |

1/2 ± 37.586178 i |

Let be the number of zeros of in the critical strip , whose imaginary parts are in the interval . Trudgian proved that, if , then^{ [13] }

- .

In 1914, Godfrey Harold Hardy proved that *ζ* (1/2 + *it*) has infinitely many real zeros. ^{ [14] }

Hardy and John Edensor Littlewood formulated two conjectures on the density and distance between the zeros of *ζ* (1/2 + *it*) on intervals of large positive real numbers. In the following, *N*(*T*) is the total number of real zeros and *N*_{0}(*T*) the total number of zeros of odd order of the function *ζ* (1/2 + *it*) lying in the interval (0, *T*].

- For any
*ε*> 0, there exists a*T*_{0}(*ε*) > 0 such that when*T*,*T*+*H*] contains a zero of odd order. - For any
*ε*> 0, there exists a*T*_{0}(*ε*) > 0 and*c*> 0 such that the inequality_{ε}holds when

These two conjectures opened up new directions in the investigation of the Riemann zeta function.

The location of the Riemann zeta function's zeros is of great importance in number theory. The prime number theorem is equivalent to the fact that there are no zeros of the zeta function on the Re(*s*) = 1 line.^{ [15] } A better result^{ [16] } that follows from an effective form of Vinogradov's mean-value theorem is that *ζ* (*σ* + *it*) ≠ 0 whenever |*t*| ≥ 3 and

The strongest result of this kind one can hope for is the truth of the Riemann hypothesis, which would have many profound consequences in the theory of numbers.

It is known that there are infinitely many zeros on the critical line. Littlewood showed that if the sequence (*γ _{n}*) contains the imaginary parts of all zeros in the upper half-plane in ascending order, then

The critical line theorem asserts that a positive proportion of the nontrivial zeros lies on the critical line. (The Riemann hypothesis would imply that this proportion is 1.)

In the critical strip, the zero with smallest non-negative imaginary part is 1/2 + 14.13472514…*i* ( OEIS: A058303 ). The fact that

for all complex *s* ≠ 1 implies that the zeros of the Riemann zeta function are symmetric about the real axis. Combining this symmetry with the functional equation, furthermore, one sees that the non-trivial zeros are symmetric about the critical line Re(*s*) = 1/2.

For sums involving the zeta function at integer and half-integer values, see rational zeta series.

The reciprocal of the zeta function may be expressed as a Dirichlet series over the Möbius function *μ*(*n*):

for every complex number s with real part greater than 1. There are a number of similar relations involving various well-known multiplicative functions; these are given in the article on the Dirichlet series.

The Riemann hypothesis is equivalent to the claim that this expression is valid when the real part of s is greater than 1/2.

The critical strip of the Riemann zeta function has the remarkable property of **universality**. This zeta function universality states that there exists some location on the critical strip that approximates any holomorphic function arbitrarily well. Since holomorphic functions are very general, this property is quite remarkable. The first proof of universality was provided by Sergei Mikhailovitch Voronin in 1975.^{ [17] } More recent work has included effective versions of Voronin's theorem^{ [18] } and extending it to Dirichlet L-functions.^{ [19] }^{ [20] }

Let the functions *F*(*T*;*H*) and *G*(*s*_{0};Δ) be defined by the equalities

Here T is a sufficiently large positive number, 0 < *H* ≪ log log *T*, *s*_{0} = *σ*_{0} + *iT*, 1/2 ≤ *σ*_{0} ≤ 1, 0 < Δ < 1/3. Estimating the values F and G from below shows, how large (in modulus) values *ζ*(*s*) can take on short intervals of the critical line or in small neighborhoods of points lying in the critical strip 0 ≤ Re(*s*) ≤ 1.

The case *H* ≫ log log *T* was studied by Kanakanahalli Ramachandra; the case Δ > *c*, where *c* is a sufficiently large constant, is trivial.

Anatolii Karatsuba proved,^{ [21] }^{ [22] } in particular, that if the values H and Δ exceed certain sufficiently small constants, then the estimates

hold, where *c*_{1} and *c*_{2} are certain absolute constants.

The function

is called the argument of the Riemann zeta function. Here arg *ζ*(1/2 + *it*) is the increment of an arbitrary continuous branch of arg *ζ*(*s*) along the broken line joining the points 2, 2 + *it* and 1/2 + *it*.

There are some theorems on properties of the function *S*(*t*). Among those results^{ [23] }^{ [24] } are the mean value theorems for *S*(*t*) and its first integral

on intervals of the real line, and also the theorem claiming that every interval (*T*, *T* + *H*] for

contains at least

points where the function *S*(*t*) changes sign. Earlier similar results were obtained by Atle Selberg for the case

An extension of the area of convergence can be obtained by rearranging the original series.^{ [25] } The series

converges for Re(*s*) > 0, while

converges even for Re(*s*) > −1. In this way, the area of convergence can be extended to Re(*s*) > −*k* for any negative integer −*k*.

The Mellin transform of a function *f*(*x*) is defined as

in the region where the integral is defined. There are various expressions for the zeta function as Mellin transform-like integrals. If the real part of s is greater than one, we have

where Γ denotes the gamma function. By modifying the contour, Riemann showed that

for all s (where H denotes the Hankel contour).

Starting with the integral formula one can show^{ [26] } by substitution and iterated differentation for natural

using the notation of umbral calculus where each power is to be replaced by , so e.g. for we have while for this becomes

We can also find expressions which relate to prime numbers and the prime number theorem. If *π*(*x*) is the prime-counting function, then

for values with Re(*s*) > 1.

A similar Mellin transform involves the Riemann function *J*(*x*), which counts prime powers *p*^{n} with a weight of 1/*n*, so that

Now we have

These expressions can be used to prove the prime number theorem by means of the inverse Mellin transform. Riemann's prime-counting function is easier to work with, and *π*(*x*) can be recovered from it by Möbius inversion.

The Riemann zeta function can be given by a Mellin transform^{ [27] }

in terms of Jacobi's theta function

However, this integral only converges if the real part of s is greater than 1, but it can be regularized. This gives the following expression for the zeta function, which is well defined for all s except 0 and 1:

The Riemann zeta function is meromorphic with a single pole of order one at *s* = 1. It can therefore be expanded as a Laurent series about *s* = 1; the series development is then

The constants *γ*_{n} here are called the Stieltjes constants and can be defined by the limit

The constant term *γ*_{0} is the Euler–Mascheroni constant.

For all *s* ∈ **C**, *s* ≠ 1, the integral relation (cf. Abel–Plana formula)

holds true, which may be used for a numerical evaluation of the zeta function.

Another series development using the rising factorial valid for the entire complex plane is^{[ citation needed ]}

This can be used recursively to extend the Dirichlet series definition to all complex numbers.

The Riemann zeta function also appears in a form similar to the Mellin transform in an integral over the Gauss–Kuzmin–Wirsing operator acting on *x*^{s − 1}; that context gives rise to a series expansion in terms of the falling factorial.^{ [28] }

On the basis of Weierstrass's factorization theorem, Hadamard gave the infinite product expansion

where the product is over the non-trivial zeros ρ of *ζ* and the letter γ again denotes the Euler–Mascheroni constant. A simpler infinite product expansion is

This form clearly displays the simple pole at *s* = 1, the trivial zeros at −2, −4, ... due to the gamma function term in the denominator, and the non-trivial zeros at *s* = *ρ*. (To ensure convergence in the latter formula, the product should be taken over "matching pairs" of zeros, i.e. the factors for a pair of zeros of the form ρ and 1 − *ρ* should be combined.)

A globally convergent series for the zeta function, valid for all complex numbers s except *s* = 1 + 2π*i*/ln 2*n* for some integer n, was conjectured by Konrad Knopp ^{ [29] } and proven by Helmut Hasse in 1930^{ [30] } (cf. Euler summation):

The series appeared in an appendix to Hasse's paper, and was published for the second time by Jonathan Sondow in 1994.^{ [31] }

Hasse also proved the globally converging series

in the same publication.^{ [30] } Research by Iaroslav Blagouchine^{ [32] }^{ [29] } has found that a similar, equivalent series was published by Joseph Ser in 1926.^{ [33] }

Peter Borwein has developed an algorithm that applies Chebyshev polynomials to the Dirichlet eta function to produce a very rapidly convergent series suitable for high precision numerical calculations.^{ [34] }

Here *p _{n}*# is the primorial sequence and

The function ζ can be represented, for Re(*s*) > 1, by the infinite series

where *k* ∈ {−1, 0}, *W _{k}* is the kth branch of the Lambert W-function, and

The function : is iterated to find the coefficients appearing in Engel expansions.^{ [37] }

The Mellin transform of the map is related to the Riemann zeta function by the formula

In analogy with the Euler product, which can be proven using geometric series, the zeta function for Re(*s*)>1 can be represented as a sum of geometric series:

where is the n:th not perfect power. ^{ [38] }

A classical algorithm, in use prior to about 1930, proceeds by applying the Euler-Maclaurin formula to obtain, for *n* and *m* positive integers,

where, letting denote the indicated Bernoulli number,

and the error satisfies

with *σ* = Re(*s*).^{ [39] }

A modern numerical algorithm is the Odlyzko–Schönhage algorithm.

The zeta function occurs in applied statistics (see Zipf's law and Zipf–Mandelbrot law).

Zeta function regularization is used as one possible means of regularization of divergent series and divergent integrals in quantum field theory. In one notable example, the Riemann zeta function shows up explicitly in one method of calculating the Casimir effect. The zeta function is also useful for the analysis of dynamical systems.^{ [40] }

The zeta function evaluated at equidistant positive integers appears in infinite series representations of a number of constants.^{ [41] }

In fact the even and odd terms give the two sums

and

Parametrized versions of the above sums are given by

and

with and where and are the polygamma function and Euler's constant, as well as

all of which are continuous at . Other sums include

where Im denotes the imaginary part of a complex number.

There are yet more formulas in the article Harmonic number.

There are a number of related zeta functions that can be considered to be generalizations of the Riemann zeta function. These include the Hurwitz zeta function

(the convergent series representation was given by Helmut Hasse in 1930,^{ [30] } cf. Hurwitz zeta function), which coincides with the Riemann zeta function when *q* = 1 (the lower limit of summation in the Hurwitz zeta function is 0, not 1), the Dirichlet L-functions and the Dedekind zeta function. For other related functions see the articles zeta function and L-function.

The polylogarithm is given by

which coincides with the Riemann zeta function when *z* = 1.

The Lerch transcendent is given by

which coincides with the Riemann zeta function when *z* = 1 and *q* = 1 (the lower limit of summation in the Lerch transcendent is 0, not 1).

The Clausen function Cl_{s}(*θ*) that can be chosen as the real or imaginary part of Li_{s}(*e*^{iθ}).

The multiple zeta functions are defined by

One can analytically continue these functions to the n-dimensional complex space. The special values taken by these functions at positive integer arguments are called multiple zeta values by number theorists and have been connected to many different branches in mathematics and physics.

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In mathematics, the **gamma function** is one commonly used extension of the factorial function to complex numbers. The gamma function is defined for all complex numbers except the non-positive integers. For any positive integer n,

The **Euler–Mascheroni constant** is a mathematical constant recurring in analysis and number theory, usually denoted by the lowercase Greek letter gamma.

In mathematics, the n-th **harmonic number** is the sum of the reciprocals of the first n natural numbers:

In mathematics, the **polygamma function of order m** is a meromorphic function on the complex numbers **ℂ** defined as the (*m* + 1)th derivative of the logarithm of the gamma function:

In mathematics, the **digamma function** is defined as the logarithmic derivative of the gamma function:

In mathematics, the **Hurwitz zeta function** is one of the many zeta functions. It is formally defined for complex variables *s* with Re(*s*) > 1 and *a* ≠ 0, −1, −2, ... by

In number theory, the **Mertens function** is defined for all positive integers *n* as

In mathematics, in the area of analytic number theory, the **Dirichlet eta function** is defined by the following Dirichlet series, which converges for any complex number having real part > 0:

In mathematics, the **polylogarithm** is a special function Li_{s}(*z*) of order *s* and argument *z*. Only for special values of *s* does the polylogarithm reduce to an elementary function such as the natural logarithm or rational functions. In quantum statistics, the polylogarithm function appears as the closed form of integrals of the Fermi–Dirac distribution and the Bose–Einstein distribution, and is also known as the **Fermi–Dirac integral** or the **Bose–Einstein integral**. In quantum electrodynamics, polylogarithms of positive integer order arise in the calculation of processes represented by higher-order Feynman diagrams.

In mathematics, the **Riemann–Siegel theta function** is defined in terms of the gamma function as

In mathematics, the **Stieltjes constants** are the numbers that occur in the Laurent series expansion of the Riemann zeta function:

In mathematics, the **von Mangoldt function** is an arithmetic function named after German mathematician Hans von Mangoldt. It is an example of an important arithmetic function that is neither multiplicative nor additive.

In mathematics, the **Glaisher–Kinkelin constant** or **Glaisher's constant**, typically denoted A, is a mathematical constant, related to the K-function and the Barnes G-function. The constant appears in a number of sums and integrals, especially those involving gamma functions and zeta functions. It is named after mathematicians James Whitbread Lee Glaisher and Hermann Kinkelin.

In mathematics, a **rational zeta series** is the representation of an arbitrary real number in terms of a series consisting of rational numbers and the Riemann zeta function or the Hurwitz zeta function. Specifically, given a real number *x*, the rational zeta series for *x* is given by

In mathematics, the **explicit formulae for L-functions** are relations between sums over the complex number zeroes of an L-function and sums over prime powers, introduced by Riemann (1859) for the Riemann zeta function. Such explicit formulae have been applied also to questions on bounding the discriminant of an algebraic number field, and the conductor of a number field.

In mathematics, the **Dirichlet beta function** is a special function, closely related to the Riemann zeta function. It is a particular Dirichlet L-function, the L-function for the alternating character of period four.

In mathematics, the Riemann zeta function is a function in complex analysis, which is also important in number theory. It is often denoted *ζ*(*s*) and is named after the mathematician Bernhard Riemann. When the argument s is a real number greater than one, the zeta function satisfies the equation

In mathematics, the **reciprocal gamma function** is the function

In mathematical physics, the** Wu–Sprung potential**, named after Hua Wu and Donald Sprung, is a potential function in one dimension inside a Hamiltonian with the potential defined by solving a non-linear integral equation defined by the Bohr–Sommerfeld quantization conditions involving the spectral staircase, the energies and the potential .

In mathematics, **Porter's constant***C* arises in the study of the efficiency of the Euclidean algorithm. It is named after J. W. Porter of University College, Cardiff.

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