# How to draw an arc around a pole?

I would like to draw the following picture: So far, my code is the following:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usetikzlibrary{calc,decorations.markings}
\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}[scale=2]
% axes
\draw [->] (0,-1) --(0,1.5) node [left] {$\mathrm{Im}(p)$};
\draw [->] (-2,0) --(2,0) node [below] {$\mathrm{Re}(p)$};
% pole
\foreach \i/\j in {-0.3/c}{\node[circle, inner sep=1pt] (\j) at (0.9,\i) {$\times$};}
% line
\draw [thick] (-1.5,0) --(0.8,0);
\draw [thick] (1,0) --(1.5,0);
% C - bromwich contour
\node at (-1.2,0) [below right] {$C$};
% mathmode
\draw[<-,shorten <=2mm] (1,-0.3)-- ++ (-20:0.5) node[right] {$v_z=\frac{\mathrm{i}p}{k}$};
% vertical lines
\draw [thick] (0.8,0) -- (0.8,-0.1);
\draw [thick] (1,0) -- (1,-0.1);
% semi circle
\draw (1,-0.1) arc[radius=2mm, start angle=20, end angle=-250];
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}


My problem is how to draw the arc around the pole. I have tried many times using the command arc but I have failed to produce a similar picture.

So, I was wondering if there is a more efficient way to do this kind of arcs/curves.

Arrows over circle are not correct and I don't know if this solution can be considered efficient but it can serve as starting point.

The code uses cross out shape for poles. An invisible circular node is drawn over every pole. This node is used as reference for surrounding arc which is drawn in two fragments.

\documentclass[border=2mm]{standalone}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usetikzlibrary{calc, decorations.markings, shapes.misc}
\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}[scale=2,
pole/.style={cross out, draw=black, minimum size=2mm}
]
% axes
\draw [->] (0,-1) --(0,1.5) node [left] {$\mathrm{Im}(p)$};
\draw [->] (-2,0) --(2,0) node [below] {$\mathrm{Re}(p)$};

% pole
\node[pole] (c) at (0.9,-.3) {};

\node[circle, minimum size=6mm] (aux) at (c) {};

% line
\draw [ultra thick,
blue,
decoration={markings,
mark=at position .05 with {\arrowreversed{stealth}},
mark=at position .40 with {\arrowreversed{stealth}},
mark=at position .75 with {\arrowreversed{stealth}}},
postaction={decorate}]
(aux.-90) arc(-90:-250:1.5mm)|- (-1.5,0);

\draw [ultra thick,
red,
decoration={markings,
mark=at position .3 with {\arrow{stealth}},
mark=at position .80 with {\arrow{stealth}}},
postaction={decorate}]
(aux.-90) arc(-90:70:1.5mm)|- (1.5,0);

% C - bromwich contour
\node at (-1.2,0) [below right] {$C$};
% mathmode
\draw[<-,shorten <=2mm] (1,-0.3)-- ++ (-20:0.5) node[right] {$v_z=\frac{\mathrm{i}p}{k}$};

\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document} Here's an alternative effort in Metapost wrapped up in the luamplib library. Compile with lualatex. \RequirePackage{luatex85}
\documentclass[border=5mm]{standalone}
\usepackage{luamplib}
\begin{document}
\mplibtextextlabel{enable}
\begin{mplibcode}
beginfig(1);
numeric u;   % unit size
u = 1cm;

path xx, yy;  % axes and labels
xx = (3 left -- 6 right) scaled u;
yy = (2 down -- 2 up) scaled u;

draw xx withcolor .7 white;
draw yy withcolor .7 white;
label.bot("$\Re\{v_1\}$", point 1 of xx);
label.lft("$\Im\{v_2\}$", point 1 of yy);

% position the pole
z1 = (2.7u,-1u);

% label it with a cross
label("$\times$",z1);

% parameters for the pole marker
gap = 1/8 u;

path arc, cc;
% the arc is most of a circle drawn round the pole
arc = fullcircle rotated 90           % rotate it so point 0 is at top
scaled 2 radius      % scale it
shifted z1           % move it to the pole
cutbefore yy shifted (x1-gap,0)  % cut off the beginning
cutafter  yy shifted (x1+gap,0); % and the end

% join the arc up with some straight segments to make the contour
cc = (-2u,0) -- (x1-gap, 0) -- arc -- (x1+gap,0) -- (5u,0);

% set some drawing options for the arrows
interim linecap := 0;  % sharp ends
interim linejoin := 0;  % sharp joins & arrowhead
drawoptions(withpen pencircle scaled 3/2 withcolor 2/3 red);

% how many subarrow to show
subarrows = 4;

% draw subarrows along cc
arrowlength = arclength(cc)/subarrows;
numeric a,b;
for i = 1 upto subarrows:
a := arctime (i-1)*arrowlength of cc;
b := arctime     i*arrowlength of cc;
drawarrow subpath (a,b) of cc;
endfor
drawoptions();

endfig;
\end{mplibcode}
\end{document}