Bessel Functions are used in engineering models to describe harmonic vibrations in cylindrical systems, such as electromagnetic waves in a cylindrical waveguide, sound vibrations in a circular membrane, or heat conduction in a cylindrical object. Analytica exposes the following Bessel functions:
- BesselJ(x, n): Bessel function of the first kind
- BesselY(x, n): Bessel function of the second kind
- BesselI(x, n): Modified Bessel function of the first kind
- BesselJ(x, n): Modified Bessel function of the second kind
In each case, «n» is the order of the Bessel function and can be zero or greater. Analytica will compute these Bessel functions with non-integer when «x» is non-negative. A Bessel function applied to a negative value of «x» when «n» is non-integer would result in a complex number -- in Analytica, a warning results and NaN is returned.