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Error bounds for the method of steepest descents. (English) Zbl 0839.65021
Summary: New error bounds are found for the asymptotic expansions which arise in the method of steepest descents. These bounds are found by exploiting the reformulation of the method of steepest descents given in recent work by {\it M. V. Berry} and {\it C. J. Howls} [Proc. R. Soc. Lond., Ser. A 434, No. 1892, 657-675 (1991; Zbl 0764.30031)]. A major difference between this and previous work is that the global properties of the integrand (and not just those on the path of steepest descent) play an essential role. The bounds are significantly easier to compute than those in the current literature. Applications of the error bounds are given for asymptotic expansions arising from the Pearcey integral, the Airy function, the modified Bessel function, and the integral of the Airy function.

65D20Computation of special functions, construction of tables
33C10Bessel and Airy functions, cylinder functions, ${}_0F_1$
30E15Asymptotic representations in the complex domain
41A60Asymptotic approximations, asymptotic expansions (steepest descent, etc.)
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