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Closed form solution of an exponential kernel integral equation

Verwoerd, Wynand S.
Date
2007
Type
Journal Article
Fields of Research
Abstract
In this note a Fredholm integral equation of the first kind with exponential expressions for the kernel and right hand side is considered. The task of finding a practically usable solution to such an equation may need more effort than following a standard procedure, even when such a procedure yields a formal solution. An apparently elegant solution as an orthogonal polynomial expansion is obtained using the standard method based on transformation to a form where the kernel is an orthogonal polynomial generating function, but this is of limited use due to slow convergence. It is shown that this can nevertheless be transformed into a closed form solution that is computationally efficient.