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# Conditions for one direction convexity and starlikeness

*Journal of Inequalities and Applications*
**volume 2016**, Article number: 90 (2016)

## Abstract

We investigate several sufficient conditions on a function to be convex in one direction or starlike in one direction.

## Introduction

Let \(\mathcal{H}\) denote the class of functions analytic in the unit disk \(\mathbb{D}:= \{ z \in\mathbb{C}: |z|<1 \}\), and denote by \(\mathcal{A}\) the class of analytic functions in \(\mathcal{H}\) that are normalized by \(f(0)=0=f'(0)-1\). Also, let \(\mathcal{S}\) denote the subclass of \(\mathcal{A}\) composed of functions that are univalent in \(\mathbb{D}\).

We say that a function *f* is starlike in one direction if *f* it maps \(|z|=r\) for every *r* near 1 onto a contour *C* that is cut by a straight-line passing through the origin in two and no more than two points. Robertson [1] found the following sufficient condition for starlikeness in one direction.

### Lemma 1

*Let*
\(f(z)\)
*be analytic in*
\(|z| \leq r\), *and*
\(f(z) \neq0\)
*in*
\(0 <|z| \leq r\). *Further*, *let*
\(f(0)=0\). *Suppose that*

*Then*, *for every*
\(\rho\leq r\), \(f(z)\)
*maps*
\(|z|=\rho\)
*onto a curve that is starlike in one direction*.

A function is said to be convex in one direction in \(|z|< r \) (\(r>0\)) if the function maps \(|z|=\rho< r\) for every *ρ* near *r* into a contour that may be cut by every straight-line parallel to this direction in no more than two points. It is known (see [1]) that if \(f \in\mathcal{A}\) and \(zf'(z)\) is starlike in one direction, then \(f(z)\) is convex in one direction and belongs to \(\mathcal{S}\). Therefore, we can obtain the following lemma (see also [2–4]).

### Lemma 2

*Let*
\(f(z) = z + \sum_{n=2}^{\infty}a_{n}z^{n}\)
*be analytic for*
\(|z| \leq1\)
*and*
\(f'(z) \neq 0\)
*on*
\(|z|=r<1\). *Suppose that*

*Then*
\(f(z)\)
*is convex in one direction*, *and hence*
\(f(z)\)
*is univalent in*
\(|z| \leq1\).

We may refer to [5–7] for more sufficient conditions on analytic functions to be convex in one direction.

In the present paper, we investigate several sufficient conditions on functions in \(\mathcal{A}\) to be convex in one direction using various methods. Also, we find sufficient conditions for starlikeness in one direction.

## Main results

### Theorem 1

*Let*
\(f(z) \in\mathcal{A}\)
*and suppose that*

*Then*
\(f(z)\)
*is convex in one direction*, *and hence*
\(f(z)\)
*is univalent in*
\(\mathbb{D}\).

### Proof

Let \(0 \leq r < 1\). From hypothesis (1) we have

Therefore, by Lemma 2, \(f(z)\) is convex in one direction in \(\mathbb{D}\). □

### Example 1

Consider the function \(f_{1}:\mathbb{D} \rightarrow\mathbb{C}\) defined by \(f_{1}(z)=z/(1-z)\). Then we have

Moreocer, we can easily check that condition (1) holds for the function \(f_{1}\). Therefore, by Theorem 1 the function \(f_{1}\) is convex in one direction and univalent in \(\mathbb{D}\).

### Theorem 2

*Let*
\(f(z) \in\mathcal{A}\)
*and suppose that*

*Then*
\(f(z)\)
*is convex in one direction in*
\(|z|< r_{0}=0.251652\cdots\), *where*
\(r_{0}\)
*is the root of the equation*

### Proof

Let \(0 \leq r < 1\). From inequality (2) we have

Define the function \(g:[0,1) \rightarrow\mathbb{R}\) by

Then \(g(0)=2\pi\) and \(g(r) \rightarrow\infty\) as \(r \rightarrow 1^{-}\). Also, we have that the function *g* is increasing on \([0,1)\) since

for all \(r \in[0,1)\). Therefore, there exists a unique root \(r_{0}\) in \([0,1)\) such that \(g(r)=4\pi\). Hence, we have

for \(|z|< r_{0}\). It follows from Lemma 2 that \(f(z)\) is convex in one direction in \(|z|< r_{0}\). □

### Theorem 3

*Let*
\(f(z) \in\mathcal{A}\)
*and suppose that*

*Then*
\(f(z)\)
*is convex in one direction*, *and hence*
\(f(z)\)
*is univalent in*
\(\mathbb{D}\).

### Proof

Let \(0 \leq r <1\). From hypothesis (4) we have

Therefore, we have

for \(|z|=r<1\). This shows that \(f(z)\) is convex in one direction in \(\mathbb{D}\). □

### Corollary 1

*Let*
\(f(z) \in\mathcal{A}\)
*and suppose that*

*Then*
\(f(z)\)
*is convex in one direction*, *and hence*
\(f(z)\)
*is univalent in*
\(\mathbb{D}\).

### Theorem 4

*Let*
\(f(z) \in\mathcal{A}\)
*and suppose that*

*Then*
\(f(z)\)
*is convex in one direction*, *and hence*
\(f(z)\)
*is univalent in*
\(\mathbb{D}\).

### Proof

Let \(0 \leq r < 1\). From (5) we have

Note that

and

Therefore, from (6), (7), and (8) we have

Hence, applying the Cauchy-Schwarz inequality and (9), we get

This completes the proof of Theorem 4. □

### Example 2

Consider the function \(f_{2}:\mathbb{D} \rightarrow\mathbb{C}\) defined by

Then we have

Hence, it follows from Theorem 4 that the function \(f_{2}\) is convex in one direction. In fact, the function \(f_{2}\) is convex in the direction of the positive real axis.

Applying the same method as that used in the proof of the aforementioned theorems and Lemma 1, we have the following sufficient conditions on analytic functions to be starlike in one direction.

### Theorem 5

*Let*
\(f(z) \in\mathcal{A}\)
*and suppose that*

*Then*
\(f(z)\)
*is starlike in one direction in*
\(\mathbb{D}\).

### Theorem 6

*Let*
\(f(z) \in\mathcal{A}\)
*and suppose that*

*Then*
\(f(z)\)
*is starlike in one direction in*
\(|z|< r_{0}=0.251652\cdots\), *where*
\(r_{0}\)
*is the root of equation* (3).

### Theorem 7

*Let*
\(f(z) \in\mathcal{A}\)
*and suppose that*

*Then*
\(f(z)\)
*is starlike in one direction in*
\(\mathbb{D}\).

### Theorem 8

*Let*
\(f(z) \in\mathcal{A}\)
*and suppose that*

*Then*
\(f(z)\)
*is starlike in one direction in*
\(\mathbb{D}\).

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## Acknowledgements

The authors would like to express their thanks to the editor Professor S Stevic and the referees for many valuable advices regarding a previous version of this paper. This research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (No. 2011-0007037).

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Nunokawa, M., Kwon, O.S., Sim, Y.J. *et al.* Conditions for one direction convexity and starlikeness.
*J Inequal Appl* **2016, **90 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13660-016-1034-z

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### MSC

- 30C45

### Keywords

- analytic functions
- univalent functions
- convex functions in one direction
- starlike functions in one direction