|Institution:||University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign|
|Full text PDF:||http://hdl.handle.net/2142/72779|
Some of the most interesting of Ramanujan's continued fraction identities are those involving ratios of Gamma functions in Chapter 12 of his second notebook. This thesis develops a method for deriving such identities, using hypergeometric functions as the main tool. We begin by deriving a continued fraction identity, use it to prove Ramanujan's Entry 34, and then use the method to obtain new identities and relate them to two of Ramanujan's identities. We next prove Ramanujan's Entries 36 and 39. Finally, we rework the method for use with basic hypergeometric functions and use it to find q-analogues of the earlier new results.