Painlevé theorem

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Painlevé's theorem on the solutions to analytic differential equations. The solutions to the differential equation $P(w',w,z)=0$ cannot have movable (i.e. dependent on an arbitrary constant) essentially-singular points (cf. Movable singular point) and transcendental branch points, where $P$ is a polynomial in the unknown function $w$ and its derivative $w'$, while $P$ is an analytic function in the independent variable $z$.

Painlevé's theorem on analytic continuation. If $\Gamma$ is a rectifiable Jordan curve lying in a domain $D$ in the complex $z$-plane and if a function $f(z)$ is continuous in $D$ and analytic in $D\setminus\Gamma$, then $f(z)$ is an analytic function in the entire domain $D$ [1], [2].


[1] P. Painlevé, "Sur les lignes singulières des fonctions analytiques" , Paris (1887)
[2] P. Painlevé, "Leçons sur la théorie analytique des équations différentielles, professées à Stockholm (1895)" , Paris (1897)
[3] V.V. Golubev, "Vorlesungen über Differentialgleichungen im Komplexen" , Deutsch. Verlag Wissenschaft. (1958) (Translated from Russian)


For Painlevé's theorem on differential equations see also [a1], [a4].

If in 2) $\Gamma$ is not required to be rectifiable, the analytic continuation need not be possible, cf. [a1], [a2].


[a1] J.B. Garnett, "Analytic capacity and measure" , Lect. notes in math. , 297 , Springer (1972)
[a2] J. Wermer, "Banach algebras and several complex variables" , Springer (1976) pp. Chapt. 13
[a3] E.L. Ince, "Ordinary differential equations" , Dover, reprint (1956) pp. §§3.6, 3.51, 4.7, A.5
[a4] E. Hille, "Lectures on ordinary differential equations" , Addison-Wesley (1969)
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