# Thread: Removable Singularities Proof? (complex analysis)

1. ## Removable Singularities Proof? (complex analysis)

assumptions:
1)a function has an isolated singularity at a point k (k is in the complex plane)
2)the function is continuous at the point k

How does one prove that the function has a removable singularity at k?

so far i have all the definitions...
the function is analytic in a punctured neighbourhood around k (isolated sing), and limf(z)=f(k) as z tends to k

2. ## Re: Removable Singularities Proof? (complex analysis)

Is that a proposed problem? It is a particular case of the Riemann Theorem (long proof): If $\displaystyle f:0<|z-z_0|<R\to \mathbb{C}$ is analytic and $\displaystyle \lim_{z\to z_0}(z-z_0)f(z)=0$ , then $\displaystyle f$ has a removable singularity at $\displaystyle z_0$ .

3. ## Re: Removable Singularities Proof? (complex analysis)

OK, thanks. It's a homework problem, and we haven't covered the Riemann Theorem in lectures.. and looking ahead at past year's notes, it's not covered either. I'm not sure if we can use it, or prove otherwise. thank you nevertheless

4. ## Re: Removable Singularities Proof? (complex analysis)

ah, yes, i found riemann's theorem online.. makes sense, though it is quite lengthy. but it supposes that lim(z-z_0)f(z)=0 as z tends to z_0

5. ## Re: Removable Singularities Proof? (complex analysis)

Yes, this is essentially Riemann's theorem on removable singularities. I don't know what proof you saw online, but it shouldn't be particularly long or complicated. I will sketch a proof for you.

Essentially, if the function is bounded on a punctured disk $\displaystyle D_r(z_0) = \{z \in \mathbb{C} \colon 0 < |z-z_0| < r\}$ and is holomorphic everywhere in that region, the singularity is removable. The intuition behind this is pretty simple; think back to some basic calculus course where you had a function like $\displaystyle \frac{x^2-1}{x-1}$. The function looks like it should blow up at 1, but of course this is just $\displaystyle x+1$ in disguise, with there being a removable singularity at 1.

Suppose then that f is holomorphic on an open set containing $\displaystyle D_r(z_0)$ and its closure. Denote the boundary of $\displaystyle D_r(z_0)$ by $\displaystyle C$. The idea is to basically prove that the Cauchy integral formula holds, and we will then get the desired extension.

What we do is set up a double keyhole contour around any point $\displaystyle z \in D_r$ and $\displaystyle z_0$. You can then find that

$\displaystyle f(z) = \int_\gamma \frac{f(\zeta)}{\zeta - z} d\zeta$ for all $\displaystyle z \in D_r(z_0)$, and since this function agrees everywhere with the original function and is holomorphic function, it must be our desired extension. Thus the singularity is removable.