$y=J_n(kr)$ is a solution of Bessel´s differential equation $r^2y'' +ry'+(r^2k^2-n^2)y=0$, which can be rewritten as $(ry')'+(rk^2-n^2/r)y = 0$.

If $u=J_n(ar)$ and $v=J_n(br)$, then they fulfill the equations

$$(ru')'+(ra^2-n^2/r)u = 0$$
$$(rv')'+(rb^2-n^2/r)v = 0$$

Multiply the first by $v$, the second by $u$ and substract them, and you get

$$(b^2-a^2)ruv =u(rv')'-v(ru')'=(vru'-urv')'$$

Integrating this, you get that

$$(b^2-a^2)\int_0^1ruvdr = \left.(vru'-urv')\right|_0^1=v(1)u'(1)-u(1)v'(1)$$

So if you want the left hand side to be $0$, then the right hand side must be $0$ as well, so you must have $aJ_n(b)J_n'(a)=bJ_n(a)J_n'(b)$.

This is fulfilled if $J_n(a)=J_n(b)=0$, or $J_n'(a)=J_n'(b)=0$, but also if $a J_n'(a)/J_n(a)=b J_n'(b)/J_n(b)$. So the boundary condition $y' = C y$ at $r=1$ will also work.

This post imported from StackExchange Mathematics at 2014-06-02 20:22 (UCT), posted by SE-user Jaime