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# Some circular summation formulas for theta functions

Yi Cai, Si Chen and Qiu-Ming Luo*

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Department of Mathematics, Chongqing Normal University, Chongqing Higher Education Mega Center, Huxi Campus, Chongqing, 401331, People’s Republic of China

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Boundary Value Problems 2013, 2013:59  doi:10.1186/1687-2770-2013-59

 Received: 10 December 2012 Accepted: 26 February 2013 Published: 26 March 2013

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### Abstract

In this paper, we obtain some circular summation formulas of theta functions using the theory of elliptic functions and show some interesting identities of theta functions and applications.

MSC: 11F27, 33E05, 11F20.

##### Keywords:
circular summation; elliptic functions; theta functions; theta function identities

### 1 Introduction

Throughout this paper we take , where . The classical Jacobi theta functions , , are defined as follows:

(1.1)

(1.2)

(1.3)

(1.4)

Recently, Chan, Liu and Ng [1] proved Ramanujan’s circular summation formulas and derived identities similar to Ramanujan’s summation formula and connected these identities to Jacobi’s elliptic functions.

Subsequently, Zeng [2] gave a generalized circular summation of the theta function as follows:

(1.5)

where

A special case of formula (1.5) yields the following result (see [[1], Theorem 3.1]):

(1.6)

where

(1.7)

Upon a, b, n and k are any positive integer with .

More recently, Liu further obtained the general formulas for theta functions (see [3]), but from one main result, Theorem 1 of Liu, we do not deduce our results in the present paper. Many people research the circular summation formulas of theta functions and find more interesting formulas (see, for details, [4-15]).

In the present paper, we obtain analogues and uniform formulas for theta functions , , and . We now state our result as follows.

Theorem 1For any positive integerk, n, aandbwith, , .

Fora, beven, we have

(1.8)

Foraeven, nandbodd, we have

(1.9)

(1.10)

where

(1.11)

### 2 Proof of Theorem 1

From Jacobi’s theta functions (1.1)-(1.4), we have the following properties respectively:

(2.1)

(2.2)

(2.3)

(2.4)

From (2.1)-(2.4), by using the induction, we easily obtain

(2.5)

(2.6)

(2.7)

(2.8)

Let

(2.9)

Case 1. When , .

The function becomes of the following form:

(2.10)

From (2.10) we easily obtain

(2.11)

(2.12)

Comparing (2.11) and (2.12), when a is even, we get

(2.13)

By (2.5) and (2.7), and noting that , we obtain

(2.14)

Obviously, when a is even, we have

(2.15)

We construct the function . By (2.13) and (2.15), we find that the function is an elliptic function with double periods π and πτ and only has a simple pole at in the period parallelogram. Hence the function is a constant, say, this constant is denoted by , i.e.,

we have

(2.16)

By (1.3), (2.10) and (2.16), we have

(2.17)

By (1.1) and (1.3), we obtain

(2.18)

By equating the constant term of both sides of (2.18), we obtain

(2.19)

Clearly,

(2.20)

where

(2.21)

In the same manner as in Case 1, we can obtain Case 2 below.

Case 2. When , .

The function becomes of the following form:

(2.22)

From (2.22) we easily obtain

(2.23)

(2.24)

Comparing (2.23) and (2.24), when a is even, we get

(2.25)

By (2.6) and (2.7), and noting that , we obtain

(2.26)

Obviously, we have

(2.27)

We construct the function . By (2.25) and (2.27), we find that the function is an elliptic function with double periods π and πτ and only has a simple pole at in the period parallelogram. Hence the function is a constant, say, this constant is denoted by , i.e.,

we have

(2.28)

By (1.3), (2.22) and (2.28), we have

(2.29)

By (1.2) and (1.3), we obtain

(2.30)

By equating the constant term of both sides of (2.30), we obtain

(2.31)

Clearly,

(2.32)

where

(2.33)

Case 3. When , .

The function becomes of the following form:

(2.34)

From (2.34) we easily obtain

(2.35)

(2.36)

Comparing (2.35) and (2.36), when a is even, we have

(2.37)

By (2.5) and (2.8), and noting that , we obtain

(2.38)

• When a and b are even, then kn is also even, we have

(2.39)

We construct the function , by (2.37) and (2.39), we find that the function is an elliptic function with double periods π and πτ and only has a simple pole at in the period parallelogram. Hence the function is a constant, say, this constant is denoted by , i.e.,

we have

(2.40)

By (1.3), (2.34) and (2.40), we have

(2.41)

By (1.1) and (1.4), we obtain

(2.42)

By equating the constant term of both sides of (2.42), we obtain

(2.43)

• When a is even, n and b are odd, then kn is also odd, we have

(2.44)

We construct the function . By (2.37) and (2.44), we find that the function is an elliptic function with double periods π and πτ and only has a simple pole at in the period parallelogram. Hence the function is a constant, say, this constant is denoted by , i.e.,

we have

(2.45)

By (1.4), (2.34) and (2.45), we have

(2.46)

By (1.1) and (1.4), we obtain

(2.47)

By equating the constant term of both sides of (2.47), we obtain

(2.48)

Clearly, in (2.43) and (2.48), we have

where

(2.49)

In the same manner as in Case 3, we can obtain Case 4 below.

Case 4. When , .

The function becomes of the following form:

(2.50)

• When a and b are even, we have

(2.51)

(2.52)

• When a is even, n and b are odd, we have

(2.53)

(2.54)

Clearly, in (2.52) and (2.54), we have

where

(2.55)

Therefore we complete the proof of Theorem 1.

### 3 Some special cases of Theorem 1

In this section we give some special cases of Theorem 1 and obtain some interesting identities of theta functions.

Corollary 1For any positive integern, we have

(3.1)

(3.2)

(3.3)

(3.4)

whereandare defined by (2.21) and (2.55), respectively.

Proof Taking and , in (1.11), we have

(3.5)

Taking and , in (1.11), we have

(3.6)

Obviously, we find that . □

Taking and letting , , in Corollary 1, we get the following identities for theta functions:

(3.7)

(3.8)

(3.9)

Further, taking in the above identities, we obtain the following additive formulas of the theta function :

(3.10)

(3.11)

where , .

Similarly, we have the following.

Corollary 2For any positive integern, we have

(3.12)

(3.13)

(3.14)

(3.15)

whereare defined by (2.49) and (2.33), respectively.

Taking and letting , , in Corollary 2, we get the following identities of theta functions:

(3.16)

(3.17)

(3.18)

Further, taking in the above identities, we obtain other additive formulas for the theta function as follows:

(3.19)

(3.20)

where , .

Taking , in (1.9), (1.10) and (1.11), we have the following.

Corollary 3Fornodd, we have

(3.21)

(3.22)

(3.23)

(3.24)

whereandare defined by (2.49) and (2.55), respectively.

Proof Taking , and , in (1.11), we have

(3.25)

(3.26)

□

Taking and letting , , in Corollary 3, we get the following identities for theta functions:

(3.27)

and

(3.28)

Further taking in the above identities, we obtain the following additive formulas for the theta function as follows:

(3.29)

and

(3.30)

where , , .

Corollary 4Whennis odd, we have

(3.31)

whereis defined by (1.7).

Proof Replacing z by and τ by in (1.6), we obtain

(3.32)

Substituting n by in the left-hand side of (3.32), we get (3.31). □

### Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

### Authors’ contributions

All authors contributed equally in writing this paper, and read and approved the final manuscript and.

### Acknowledgements

Dedicated to Professor Hari M Srivastava.

The present investigation was supported, in part, by Research Project of Science and Technology of Chongqing Education Commission, China under Grant KJ120625, Fund of Chongqing Normal University, China under Grant 10XLR017 and 2011XLZ07 and National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant 11226281 and 11271057.

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