Hartogs’s theorem on separate analyticity

Theorem (Hartogs).

Let GCn be an open set and write z=(z1,,zn). Let f:GC be a function such that for each k=1,,n and fixed z1,,zk-1,zk+1,,zn the function


is holomorphic on the set {wCz1,,zk-1,w,zk+1,,znG}. Then f is continuousMathworldPlanetmath on G.

This is a of an analogue of Goursat’s theorem for several complex variables. That is if we just consider that a function is holomorphic in each variable separately, then it will turn out to be continuously differentiable. Thus we can in fact define holomorphic functions of several complex variables to be just functions holomorphic in each variable separately.

Note that there is no analogue of this theorem for real variables. If we assume that a function f:n is differentiableMathworldPlanetmath (or even analytic) in each variable separately, it is not true that f will necessarily be continuous. The standard example in 2 is given by f(x,y)=xyx2+y2, then this function has well defined partial derivativesMathworldPlanetmath in x and y at 0, but it is not continuous at 0 (try approaching 0 along the line x=y or x=-y).

Even if we assume the function to be smooth (C), there is no analogue for real variables. Consider f(x,y)=xye-1/(x2+y2), where we define f(0,0)=0. This function is smooth, real analytic in each variable separately, but it fails to be real analytic at the origin.


  • 1 Steven G. Krantz. , AMS Chelsea Publishing, Providence, Rhode Island, 1992.
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