[Calculation 8] Gauss’s Quadratic Trasformation

Edited by Leun Kim

Theorem. (Gauss’s Quadratic Transformation)
(1+z)^{-2a} {}_2 F_1 \left(a,b; 2b; \frac{4z}{(1+z)^2}\right)
{}_2 F_1 \left(a, 1+\frac{1}{2}-b;b+\frac{1}{2};z^2\right).

Proof. The proof is almost similar to that of [2]. Note that the left hand side of (1) can be expanded in powers of $z$, since it is analytic in a certain neighborhood of $z=0$. Thus by the binomial theorem, we have
(1+z)^{-2a} {}_2 F_1 \left(a,b; 2b; \frac{4z}{(1+z)^2}\right)
\sum_{k=0}^\infty \frac{(a)_k (b)_k 4^k}{(2b)_k k!} z^k (1+z)^{-2a-2k}\\
\sum_{k=0}^\infty \sum_{r=0}^\infty \frac{(a)_k (b)_k (-4)^k}{(2b)_k k!} \frac{(2a+2k)_r}{r!} z^{k+r}.
Calculating the coefficient of $z^n$, we get
\sum_{k=0}^n \frac{(a)_k (b)_k 4^k (-1)^k}{(2b)_k k!} \frac{(2a+2k)_{n-k}}{(n-k)!} = \frac{(2a)_n}{n!}\sum_{k=0}^n \frac{(b)_k (2a+n)_k (-n)_k}{(2b)_k (\frac{1}{2} + a)_k k!}
where we used the identities
(2a+2k)_{n-k} = \frac{(2a)_n (2a+n)_k}{4^k (a)_k (\frac{1}{2} +a)_k}, \qquad
\frac{(-1)^k}{(n-k)!} = \frac{(-n)_k}{n!}.
Note that the right hand side of (2) vanishes when $n$ is odd. Also we can easily verify that
\frac{(2a)_n}{n!}\sum_{k=0}^n \frac{(b)_k (2a+n)_k (-n)_k}{(2b)_k (\frac{1}{2} + a)_k k!}
\frac{(a)_{n/2} (a+\frac{1}{2}-b)_{n/2}}{(b+\frac{1}{2})_{n/2} n!}
for all even $n$. But the right hand side of (3) is exactly the coefficients of $z^n$, in the right hand side of (1). This proves the theorem. For the another proof, I recommend Erdelyi [1].$\square$
[1] A. Erdelyi, Higher Transcendental Functions, Vol. 1, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1953, pp.64-68.
[2] Leun Kim, [Calculation 6] Kummer’s Theorem.
[3] Bruce C. Berndt, Ramanujan’s Notebooks, Part II, Springer-Verlag, p.63.

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