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# On Convergence of -Series Involving Basic Hypergeometric Series

Journal of Inequalities and Applications20092009:170526

https://doi.org/10.1155/2009/170526

• Received: 18 December 2008
• Accepted: 24 March 2009
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## Abstract

We use inequality technique and the terminating case of the -binomial formula to give some results on convergence of -series involving basic hypergeometric series. As an application of the results, we discuss the convergence for special Thomae -integral.

## Keywords

• Real Number
• Ratio Test
• Nonnegative Integer
• Hypergeometric Series
• Compact Notation

## 1. Introduction

-Series, which are also called basic hypergeometric series, play a very important role in many fields, such as affine root systems, Lie algebras and groups, number theory, orthogonal polynomials and physics. Convergence of a -series is an important problem in the study of -series. There are some results about it in . For example, Ito used inequality technique to give a sufficient condition for convergence of a special -series called Jackson integral. In this paper, by using inequality technique, we derive the following two theorems on convergence of -series involving basic hypergeometric series, which can be used for convergence of special Thomae -integral.

## 2. Notations and Known Results

We recall some definitions, notations, and known results which will be used in the proofs. Throughout this paper, it is supposed that . The -shifted factorials are defined as
We also adopt the following compact notation for multiple -shifted factorials:

where is an integer or .

The -binomial theorem [4, 5] is
When , where denotes a nonnegative integer
Heine introduced the basic hypergeometric series, which is defined by [4, 5]

## 3. Main Results

The main purpose of the present paper is to establish the following two theorems on convergence of -series involving basic hypergeometric series.

Theorem 3.1.

Suppose , are any real numbers such that and with . Let be any sequence of numbers. If
then the -series

converges absolutely.

Proof.

Let and

It is easy to see that is a monotone function with respect to .

where for .

Multiplying both sides of (3.12) by , one has

is absolutely convergent. From (3.13), it is sufficient to establish that (3.2) is absolutely convergent.

Theorem 3.2.

Suppose are any real numbers such that and with . Let be any sequence of numbers. If
then the -series

diverges.

Proof.

Let , and

It is easy to see that is a monotone function with respect to .

where for .

Multiplying both sides of (3.26) by , one has
therefore, in both cases there exists a integer such that Thereby, (3.16) diverges.

We want to point out that some -integral can be written as (3.2) or (3.16). So, the results obtained here can be used to discuss the convergence of -integrals.

## 4. Some Applications

In [6, 7], Thomae defined the -integral on the interval by
The right side of (4.1) corresponds to use a Riemann sum with partition points Jackson  extended Thomae -integral via

In this section, we use the theorems derived in this paper to discuss two examples of the convergence for Thomae -integral. We have the following theorems.

Theorem 4.1.

Let be any real numbers such that and with . If , then the Thomae -integral

converges absolutely.

Proof.

By the definition of Thomae -integral (4.1), one has

one knows that (4.3) converges absolutely.

Theorem 4.2.

Let , be any real numbers such that and with . If , then the Thomae -integral

diverges.

Proof.

By the definition of Thomae -integral (4.1), one has

one knows that (4.6) diverges.

## Declarations

### Acknowledgment

The authors would like to express deep appreciation to the referees for the helpful suggestions. In particular, the authors thank the referees for help to improve the presentation of the paper. Mingjin Wang was supported by STF of Jiangsu Polytechnic University.

## Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
Department of Applied Mathematics, Jiangsu Polytechnic University, Changzhou, Jiangsu, 213164, China
(2)
Department of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Hebi College of Vocation and Technology, Hebi, Henan, 458030, China

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