Hypergeometric functions, continued fractions for products of gamma functions, and q-analogues

by Victoria Reuter

Institution: University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign
Department: 0439
Degree: PhD
Year: 2015
Keywords: hypergeometric functions
Record ID: 2057879
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.