# Infinite product

In mathematics, for a sequence of complex numbers *a*_{1}, *a*_{2}, *a*_{3}, ... the **infinite product**

is defined to be the limit of the partial products *a*_{1}*a*_{2}...*a*_{n} as *n* increases without bound. The product is said to *converge* when the limit exists and is not zero. Otherwise the product is said to *diverge*. A limit of zero is treated specially in order to obtain results analogous to those for infinite sums. Some sources allow convergence to 0 if there are only a finite number of zero factors and the product of the non-zero factors is non-zero, but for simplicity we will not allow that here. If the product converges, then the limit of the sequence *a*_{n} as *n* increases without bound must be 1, while the converse is in general not true.

The best known examples of infinite products are probably some of the formulae for π, such as the following two products, respectively by Viète (Viète's formula, the first published infinite product in mathematics) and John Wallis (Wallis product):

## Convergence criteria

The product of positive real numbers

converges to a nonzero real number if and only if the sum

converges. This allows the translation of convergence criteria for infinite sums into convergence criteria for infinite products. The same criterion applies to products of arbitrary complex numbers (including negative reals) if the logarithm is understood as a fixed branch of logarithm which satisfies ln(1) = 0, with the proviso that the infinite product diverges when infinitely many *a _{n}* fall outside the domain of ln, whereas finitely many such

*a*can be ignored in the sum.

_{n}For products of reals in which each , written as, for instance, , where , the bounds

show that the infinite product converges precisely if the infinite sum of the *p*_{n} converges. This relies on the Monotone convergence theorem. More generally, the convergence of is equivalent to the convergence of if *p _{n}* are real or complex numbers such that , since in a neighbourhood of 0.

If the series *p*_{n} diverges to zero, then the sequence of partial products of the *p*_{n} converges to zero as a sequence. The infinite product is said to **diverge to zero**.^{[1]}

## Product representations of functions

One important result concerning infinite products is that every entire function *f*(*z*) (that is, every function that is holomorphic over the entire complex plane) can be factored into an infinite product of entire functions, each with at most a single root. In general, if *f* has a root of order *m* at the origin and has other complex roots at *u*_{1}, *u*_{2}, *u*_{3}, ... (listed with multiplicities equal to their orders), then

where λ_{n} are non-negative integers that can be chosen to make the product converge, and φ(*z*) is some uniquely determined analytic function (which means the term before the product will have no roots in the complex plane). The above factorization is not unique, since it depends on the choice of values for λ_{n}, and is not especially elegant. However, for most functions, there will be some minimum non-negative integer *p* such that λ_{n} = *p* gives a convergent product, called the canonical product representation. This *p* is called the *rank* of the canonical product. In the event that *p* = 0, this takes the form

This can be regarded as a generalization of the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra, since, for polynomials, the product becomes finite and φ(*z*) is constant.

In addition to these examples, the following representations are of special note:

Simple pole | ||

Sinc function | This is due to Euler. Wallis' formula for π is a special case of this. | |

Gamma function | Schlömilch | |

Weierstrass sigma function | Here is the lattice without the origin. | |

Q-Pochhammer symbol | Widely used in q-analog theory. The Euler function is a special case. | |

Ramanujan theta function | An expression of the Jacobi triple product, also used in the expression of the Jacobi theta function | |

Riemann zeta function | Here p_{n} denotes the sequence of prime numbers. This is a special case of the Euler product. |

Note that the last of these is not a product representation of the same sort discussed above, as ζ is not entire. Rather, the above product representation of ζ(z) converges precisely for Re(z) > 1, where it is an analytic function. By techniques of analytic continuation this function can be extended uniquely to an analytic function (still called ζ(z)) on the whole complex plane except for the point z=1, where it has a simple pole.

## See also

- Infinite products in trigonometry
- Infinite series
- Continued fraction
- Infinite expression
- Iterated binary operation

## References

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*Methods of Mathematical Physics*. Cambridge Mathematical Library (3rd revised ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 52. ISBN 1107393671.

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