NAG Library Routine Document
S17DGF
1 Purpose
S17DGF returns the value of the Airy function $\mathrm{Ai}\left(z\right)$ or its derivative ${\mathrm{Ai}}^{\prime}\left(z\right)$ for complex $z$, with an option for exponential scaling.
2 Specification
INTEGER 
NZ, IFAIL 
COMPLEX (KIND=nag_wp) 
Z, AI 
CHARACTER(1) 
DERIV, SCAL 

3 Description
S17DGF returns a value for the Airy function $\mathrm{Ai}\left(z\right)$ or its derivative ${\mathrm{Ai}}^{\prime}\left(z\right)$, where $z$ is complex, $\pi <\mathrm{arg}z\le \pi $. Optionally, the value is scaled by the factor ${e}^{2z\sqrt{z}/3}$.
The routine is derived from the routine CAIRY in
Amos (1986). It is based on the relations
$\mathrm{Ai}\left(z\right)=\frac{\sqrt{z}{K}_{1/3}\left(w\right)}{\pi \sqrt{3}}$, and
${\mathrm{Ai}}^{\prime}\left(z\right)=\frac{z{K}_{2/3}\left(w\right)}{\pi \sqrt{3}}$, where
${K}_{\nu}$ is the modified Bessel function and
$w=2z\sqrt{z}/3$.
For very large $\leftz\right$, argument reduction will cause total loss of accuracy, and so no computation is performed. For slightly smaller $\leftz\right$, the computation is performed but results are accurate to less than half of machine precision. If $\mathrm{Re}\left(w\right)$ is too large, and the unscaled function is required, there is a risk of overflow and so no computation is performed. In all the above cases, a warning is given by the routine.
4 References
Abramowitz M and Stegun I A (1972) Handbook of Mathematical Functions (3rd Edition) Dover Publications
Amos D E (1986) Algorithm 644: A portable package for Bessel functions of a complex argument and nonnegative order ACM Trans. Math. Software 12 265–273
5 Parameters
 1: DERIV – CHARACTER(1)Input
On entry: specifies whether the function or its derivative is required.
 If ${\mathbf{DERIV}}=\text{'F'}$, $\mathrm{Ai}\left(z\right)$ is returned.
 If ${\mathbf{DERIV}}=\text{'D'}$, ${\mathrm{Ai}}^{\prime}\left(z\right)$ is returned.
Constraint:
${\mathbf{DERIV}}=\text{'F'}$ or $\text{'D'}$.
 2: Z – COMPLEX (KIND=nag_wp)Input
On entry: the argument $z$ of the function.
 3: SCAL – CHARACTER(1)Input
On entry: the scaling option.
 ${\mathbf{SCAL}}=\text{'U'}$
 The result is returned unscaled.
 ${\mathbf{SCAL}}=\text{'S'}$
 The result is returned scaled by the factor ${e}^{2z\sqrt{z}/3}$.
Constraint:
${\mathbf{SCAL}}=\text{'U'}$ or $\text{'S'}$.
 4: AI – COMPLEX (KIND=nag_wp)Output
On exit: the required function or derivative value.
 5: NZ – INTEGEROutput
On exit: indicates whether or not
AI is set to zero due to underflow. This can only occur when
${\mathbf{SCAL}}=\text{'U'}$.
 ${\mathbf{NZ}}=0$
 AI is not set to zero.
 ${\mathbf{NZ}}=1$
 AI is set to zero.
 6: IFAIL – INTEGERInput/Output

On entry:
IFAIL must be set to
$0$,
$1\text{ or}1$. If you are unfamiliar with this parameter you should refer to
Section 3.3 in the Essential Introduction for details.
For environments where it might be inappropriate to halt program execution when an error is detected, the value
$1\text{ or}1$ is recommended. If the output of error messages is undesirable, then the value
$1$ is recommended. Otherwise, if you are not familiar with this parameter, the recommended value is
$0$.
When the value $\mathbf{1}\text{ or}\mathbf{1}$ is used it is essential to test the value of IFAIL on exit.
On exit:
${\mathbf{IFAIL}}={\mathbf{0}}$ unless the routine detects an error or a warning has been flagged (see
Section 6).
6 Error Indicators and Warnings
If on entry
${\mathbf{IFAIL}}={\mathbf{0}}$ or
${{\mathbf{1}}}$, explanatory error messages are output on the current error message unit (as defined by
X04AAF).
Errors or warnings detected by the routine:
 ${\mathbf{IFAIL}}=1$

On entry,  ${\mathbf{DERIV}}\ne \text{'F'}$ or $\text{'D'}$. 
or  ${\mathbf{SCAL}}\ne \text{'U'}$ or $\text{'S'}$. 
 ${\mathbf{IFAIL}}=2$
No computation has been performed due to the likelihood of overflow, because
$\mathrm{Re}\left(w\right)$ is too large, where
$w=2{\mathbf{Z}}\sqrt{{\mathbf{Z}}}/3$ – how large depends on
Z and the overflow threshold of the machine. This error exit can only occur when
${\mathbf{SCAL}}=\text{'U'}$.
 ${\mathbf{IFAIL}}=3$
The computation has been performed, but the errors due to argument reduction in elementary functions make it likely that the result returned by S17DGF is accurate to less than half of
machine precision. This error exit may occur if
$\mathrm{abs}\left({\mathbf{Z}}\right)$ is greater than a machinedependent threshold value (given in the
Users' Note for your implementation).
 ${\mathbf{IFAIL}}=4$
No computation has been performed because the errors due to argument reduction in elementary functions mean that all precision in the result returned by S17DGF would be lost. This error exit may occur if
$\mathrm{abs}\left({\mathbf{Z}}\right)$ is greater than a machinedependent threshold value (given in the
Users' Note for your implementation).
 ${\mathbf{IFAIL}}=5$
No result is returned because the algorithm termination condition has not been met. This may occur because the parameters supplied to S17DGF would have caused overflow or underflow.
7 Accuracy
All constants in S17DGF are given to approximately $18$ digits of precision. Calling the number of digits of precision in the floating point arithmetic being used $t$, then clearly the maximum number of correct digits in the results obtained is limited by $p=\mathrm{min}\phantom{\rule{0.125em}{0ex}}\left(t,18\right)$. Because of errors in argument reduction when computing elementary functions inside S17DGF, the actual number of correct digits is limited, in general, by $ps$, where $s\approx \mathrm{max}\phantom{\rule{0.125em}{0ex}}\left(1,\left{\mathrm{log}}_{10}\leftz\right\right\right)$ represents the number of digits lost due to the argument reduction. Thus the larger the value of $\leftz\right$, the less the precision in the result.
Empirical tests with modest values of $z$, checking relations between Airy functions $\mathrm{Ai}\left(z\right)$, ${\mathrm{Ai}}^{\prime}\left(z\right)$, $\mathrm{Bi}\left(z\right)$ and ${\mathrm{Bi}}^{\prime}\left(z\right)$, have shown errors limited to the least significant $3$ – $4$ digits of precision.
Note that if the function is required to operate on a real argument only, then it may be much cheaper to call
S17AGF or
S17AJF.
9 Example
This example prints a caption and then proceeds to read sets of data from the input data stream. The first datum is a value for the parameter
DERIV, the second is a complex value for the argument,
Z, and the third is a character value
to set the parameter
SCAL. The program calls the routine and prints the results. The process is repeated until the end of the input data stream is encountered.
9.1 Program Text
Program Text (s17dgfe.f90)
9.2 Program Data
Program Data (s17dgfe.d)
9.3 Program Results
Program Results (s17dgfe.r)