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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 7 (1984), Issue 3, Pages 435-442

a*-families of analytic functions

Department of Mathematics, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur 208016, U.P., India

Received 15 February 1983

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Using convolutions, a new family of analytic functions is introduced. This family, called a*-family, serves in certain situations to unify the study of many previously well known classes of analytic functions like multivalent convex, starlike, close-to-convex or prestarlike functions, functions starlike with respect to symmetric points and other such classes related to the class of univalent or multivalent functions. A necessary and sufficient condition on the Taylor series coefficients so that an analytic function with negative coefficients is in an a*-family is obtained and sharp coefficents bound for functions in such a family is deduced. The extreme points of an a*-family of functions with negative coefficients are completely determined. Finally, it is shown that Zmorvic conjecture is true if the concerned families consist of functions with negative coefficients.