# Complex Numbers

Complex numbers arise in algebra in the solution of quadratic equations. The equation x2 = -1 does not have any real solutions. However, if we define a new number, i as the square root of -1, then we have two solutions: i and -i. This, in turn, gives rise to an entirely new class of numbers of the form a + ib with a and b real, and i defined as above. These are the complex numbers.

Extreme Numerics.NET provides one generic type for complex numbers of any type: The Complex<T>.

## Constructing complex numbers

The Complex<T> structure has three constructors.

The first constructor takes two arguments: the real and imaginary parts of the complex number.

C#
``var z1 = new Complex<double>(3.0, 4.0);``

The second constructor takes one real argument. It constructs a complex number whose imaginary part is zero.

C#
``var z2 = new Complex<double>(3.0);``

Complex numbers can also be created from the polar form: the static FromPolar method takes two arguments: the magnitude and phase of the complex number.

C#
``var z3 = Complex<double>.FromPolar(3.0, Constants.Pi / 6.0);``

Finally, the static RootOfUnity method constructs a complex number that is one of the solutions to the equation xn = 1 . The solutions to this equation are n complex numbers spaced equally on the unit circle. The first parameter of the method is the degree, n, of the root. The second parameter is the index of the root in the series, counting counter-clockwise on the unit circle. An index of 0 corresponds to the root x = 1.

## Complex constants

The complex structure provides several read-only fields for commonly used and special complex numbers. These are listed in the following table:

Complex number constants

Field

Description

I

The number i, the square root of 1.

Zero

Complex`1 zero: 0 + 0i.

One

Complex one: 1 + 0i.

Infinity

Complex infinity.

NaN

Complex Not-a-Number.

Two values in the above list deserve special attention. The Infinity field represents complex infinity. It is the result of dividing any non-zero complex number by zero. Complex infinity does not have a sign. Because the complex numbers do not have a natural ordering, is does not make sense to speak of positive or negative numbers. Directed infinities, where the magnitude of the complex number is infinite, but its argument is not, are not supported.

Direct comparison with Infinity is not recommended. Instead, use the static IsInfinity method.

The NaN field represents complex Not-a-Number. It is a special value that is the result of dividing zero by zero. Comparisons with Not-a-Number always return false. The static IsNaN method verifies whether a complex number equals Complex<T>.NaN. You can not use the equality operator for this purpose, as it always returns false.

## Working with complex numbers

Working with complex numbers is easy. The Re property gets the real part of the complex number, while Im gets the imaginary part. The Magnitude property returns the square root of the magnitude (absolute value, modulus). The Phase property returns the phase (argument of the complex number: the angle between the positive real axis and a line from the origin to the complex number, measured counter-clockwise.

The magnitude is computed every time the magnitude property is called. The same is true for the Argument property. If you use these values multiple times, you should consider caching them in a variable.

### Details of complex arithmetic

When performing binary operations, if one of the operands is a complex number, then the other operand is required to be either a complex number of the same type, or a real number that can be converted to or a floating-point type (Double or Single) or a complex type (Complex<T>). Prior to performing the operation, if the other operand is not a complex number, it is converted to complex number, and the operation is performed using at least complex number range and precision. If the operation produces a numerical result, the type of the result is complex number. Exceptions to this are methods that return a real property of a number: Magnitude, Phase, MagnitudeSquared and Abs. In these cases, the return type is Double.

Extreme Numerics.NET extends the IEEE-754 standard definition of NaN's for real numbers to complex numbers as follows.

The floating-point operators, including the assignment operators, do not throw exceptions. Instead, in exceptional situations, the result of a floating-point operation is zero, Infinity, or NaN, as described below:

• If the result of a complex floating-point operation is too small for the destination format, the result of the operation is zero.
• If the magnitude of the complex result of a floating-point operation is too large for the destination format, the result of the operation is Complex<T>.Infinity.
• If a complex floating-point operation on complex numbers is invalid, the result of the operation is Complex<T>.NaN.
• If one or both operands of a complex floating-point operation are NaN (real or complex), the result of the operation is Complex<T>.NaN.

### Arithmetic operations

Overloaded operators for all basic arithmetic operators on complex numbers are available. Most contain overloads for cases where one of the operands is real. Corresponding static methods are provided for languages that don't support operator overloading.

For example, here is some C# code:

C#
``````var a = new Complex<double>(1, 2);
var b = new Complex<double>(-3, 4);
var c = 2 - 1 / (a + b);``````

and here is the equivalent Visual Basic.NET code:

```              [Visual Basic]
Dim a AsNew Complex(Of Double)(1, 2)
Dim b AsNew Complex(Of Double)(-3, 4)
Dim c AsComplex<T>= _
```

Specific to complex numbers is the static Conjugate method. This method returns the conjugate of a complex number, leaving the original unchanged.

Complex number operators and their static (Shared) method equivalents

Operator

Static method equivalent

Description

+z

(no equivalent)

Returns the complex number z.

-z

Negate

Returns the negation of the complex number z.

z1 + z2

Adds the complex numbers z1 and z2.

z + a

Adds the complex number z and the real number a.

a + z

Adds the real number a to the complex number z.

z++

(no equivalent)

Increments the complex number z by one.

z1 - z2

Complex<T>.Subtract(z1, z2)

Subtracts the complex numbers z1 and z2.

z - a

Complex<T>.Subtract(z, a)

Subtracts the real number a from the complex number z.

a - z

Complex<T>.Subtract(a, z)

Subtracts the complex number z from the real number a.

z--

(no equivalent)

Decrements the complex number z by one.

z1 * z2

Complex<T>.Multiply(z1, z2)

Multiplies the complex numbers z1 and z2.

z * a

Complex<T>.Multiply(z, a)

Multiplies the complex number z and the real number a.

a * z

Complex<T>.Multiply(a, z)

Multiplies the real number a and the complex number z.

z1 / z2

Complex<T>.Divide(z1, z2)

Divides the complex number z1 by z2.

z / a

Complex<T>.Divide(z, a)

Divides the complex number z by the real number a.

a / z

Complex<T>.Divide(a, z)

Divides the real number a by the complex number z.

~z

Conjugate

Returns the complex conjugate of the complex number z.

There is one other static method that does not have an operator equivalent. The ConjugateMultiply method returns the product of the conjugate of the first argument and the second argument.

Because the complex numbers don't have a natural ordering, only equality and inequality operators are available. No other comparison operators are available.

### Functions of complex numbers

The Complex<T> type defines static methods for the most common mathematical functions of complex numbers, including: logarithmic, exponential, trigonometric and hyperbolic functions.

Some functions of real numbers have a limited domain when the result is restricted to be real, but are defined for all real numbers if the result can be complex. Examples of this are the inverse sine and cosine, which are real only for arguments between -1 and +1. The Complex<T> type defines methods that extend these functions to return a complex result.

These functions are often discontinuous along the part of the real axis where they are complex-valued. Which of the two limit values is chosen is arbitrary. However, the most consistent choice is the one that preserves any symmetry or anti-symmetry about the origin. For example, the function Arcsin(x) satisfies Arcsin(-x) = -Arcsin(x) when x is within the interval [-1, 1]. The Arcsin method with real argument also satisfies this identity.

Most elementary functions have been extended to cover the entire complex plane. Once again, many of them are multi-valued, and a suitable choice has to be made regarding which of the two possible limit values is returned. The choice is made easier by the fact that the discontinuities lie along the real or imaginary axis. This makes it possible to distinguish between the 'limit from above' and the 'limit from below' by using the value of negative zero for the limit from below. The situation is somewhat simplified by the fact that any analytic function satisfies the identity f(conj(z) = conj(f(z)).

The tables below summarize these methods, and their meaning. Special functions with complex argument may be available from the Special class.

Logarithmic and exponential functions of complex numbers.

Method

Description

Exp

The number E raised to the complex power z.

ExpI

The number E raised to I times the real number a.

RootOfUnity

The number E raised to I times TwoPi*i/n.

Sqrt

The first square root of the complex number z.

Sqrt

The first square root of the real number a, which may be negative.

Pow

The complex number z1 raised to the complex power z2.

Pow

The complex number z raised to the real power a.

Pow

The complex number z raised to the integer power n.

Log

Natural logarithm of the complex number z.

Log

Base z1 logarithm of the complex number z2.

Log10

Base 10 (common) logarithm of the complex number z.

Trigonometric functions of complex numbers

Method

Description

Sin

Sine of the complex number z.

Cos

Cosine of the complex number z.

Tan

Tangent of the complex number z.

Asin

Inverse sine of the complex number z.

Asin

Inverse sine of the real number a.

Acos

Inverse cosine of the complex number z.

Acos

Inverse cosine of the real number a.

Atan

Inverse tangent of the complex number z.

Hyperbolic functions of complex numbers

Method

Description

Sinh

Hyperbolic sine of the complex number z.

Cosh

Hyperbolic cosine of the complex number z.

Tanh

Hyperbolic tangent of the complex number z.

Asinh

Inverse hyperbolic sine of the complex number z.

Acosh

Inverse hyperbolic cosine of the complex number z.

Atanh

Inverse hyperbolic tangent of the complex number z.

## Complex numbers of arbitrary type

The Complex<T> structure is generic over the type of the real numbers. This makes it possible to create complex numbers of different precisions, or even complex integers. All that is needed is to specify the desired real type in the constructor:

C#
``````var q1 = new Complex<Quad>(1.0, Quad.Sqrt(3));
var pi = 3 * q1.Phase;``````