[Calculation 11] Simple Examples from the Dixon Theorem

Edited by Leun Kim

Here we introduce some examples from the Dixon Theorem. By setting suitable coefficients, we can obtain simple formulas of infinite series, which are related to the Gamma functions.

Example. From the Dixon Theorem, we have
&\text{(i) } 1 + \frac{1}{5} \left( \frac{1}{2}\right)^2 + \frac{1}{9} \left( \frac{1\cdot 3}{2\cdot 4}\right)^2 +
\frac{1}{13} \left(\frac{1\cdot 3\cdot 5}{2\cdot 4\cdot 6}\right)^2+
\cdots =\frac{\pi^2}{4\Gamma^4(\frac{3}{4})},
&\text{(ii) } 1 + \frac{1}{5^2} \left( \frac{1}{2}\right) + \frac{1}{9^2} \left( \frac{1\cdot 3}{2\cdot 4}\right) +
\frac{1}{13^2} \left( \frac{1\cdot 3\cdot 5}{2\cdot 4\cdot 6}\right)
+\cdots =\frac{\pi^{5/2}}{8\sqrt{2}\Gamma^2(\frac{3}{4})},
&\text{(iii) } 1 + \left( \frac{1}{2}\right)^3 + \left( \frac{1\cdot 3}{2\cdot 4}\right)^3
\left( \frac{1\cdot 3\cdot 5}{2\cdot 4\cdot 6}\right)^3
+\cdots =\frac{\pi}{\Gamma^4(\frac{3}{4})}.

Proof. First, we recall the Dixon Theorem [2]:
&{}_3 F_2 (a,b,c;1+a-b,1+a-c;1) \\
(i) Setting $a=b=\frac{1}{2}$ and $c=\frac{1}{4}$ in the equation (1), we obtain
{}_3 F_2 \left(\frac{1}{2},\frac{1}{2},\frac{1}{4};1,\frac{5}{4};1\right)
\frac{2\Gamma^2(\frac{5}{4})}{\Gamma^2 (\frac{3}{4})}\\
where we used the Legendre Duplication Formula:
\Gamma \left( \frac{3}{4}\right) \Gamma \left( \frac{5}{4}\right)
2^{1-2\cdot \frac{3}{4}}\sqrt{\pi}\Gamma\left(\frac{3}{2}\right)
for the last equality.

(ii) Setting $a=\frac{1}{2}$ and $b=c=\frac{1}{4}$ in the equation (1) yields the result by the similar steps.

(iii) Setting $a=b=c=\frac{1}{2}$ in the equation (1) yields the result.$\square$
[1] Bruce C. Berndt, Ramanujan’s Notebooks, Part II, Springer-Verlag, p.24.
[2] Leun Kim, [Calculation 10] Dixon Theorem.

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