Salzer's Method for Numerical Evaluation of Inverse Laplace Transform Involving a Bessel Function

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This Demonstration shows the numerical inversion of Laplace transforms using Herbert E. Salzer's method [1]. The test function is , where the user sets the parameter . The exact inverse Laplace transform is given by , where is the Bessel function of the first kind of order zero. The error (i.e. the difference between the exact inverse and the numerical inverse) is also given. The numerical method fails at large (see the first snapshot) and can only serve as a quick-and-dirty technique for the inversion of Laplace transforms.

Contributed by: Housam Binous (January 2014)
After work by: J. Mangaldan
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA



Herbert E. Salzer's method allows the determination of for a given as follows:

, where are the roots of , are the Christoffel numbers, and are the generalized hypergeometric functions.


[1] H. E. Salzer, "Orthogonal Polynomials Arising in the Numerical Evaluation of Inverse Laplace Transforms," Mathematics of Computation, 9(52), 1955 pp. 164–177. doi: 10.1090/S0025-5718-1955-0078498-1.

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