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2009-01-02, 22:59   #2
R.D. Silverman

Nov 2003

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 Originally Posted by Dougy Hi guys, Long time no see. I've been busy doing a PhD (in combinatorial number theory), getting married and having a baby girl. (: So very little time to write. Anyway... Birkhoff and Hall's theta function $\theta(n)$ is defined by $\theta(p^a)=(p^a-1)(p^a-p)...(p^a-p^{a-1})$ for prime $p$, and theta is multiplicative, that is $\theta(dt)=\theta(d)\theta(t)$ if $\gcd(d,t)=1$. (Sloane's A061350) I have shown that for prime $q$, the largest $b$ such that $q^b$ dividing $\theta(n)$ is $O(\log^2(n))$. I suspect that this has already been found by someone else. So this is my "homework help." Does anyone know where I can find this?
I expect that this might be found in Ramanujan's work on Theta
functions. You might also want to check Bruce Berndt's papers...

Note: I am not very knowledgable about special functions..