Studies in multiplicative number theory

Shiu, Peter Man-Kit (1980) Studies in multiplicative number theory. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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This thesis gives some order estimates and asymptotic formulae associated with general classes of non-negative multiplicative functions as well as some particular multiplicative functions such as the divisor functions dk(n).

In Chapter One we give a lower estimate for the number of distinct values assumed by the divisor function d(n) in 1 <n <x .We also identify the smallest positive integer which is a product of triangular numbers and not equal to d3(n) for 1 <n <x .

In Chapter Two we show that if f(n) satisfies some conditions and if M=max {f(2a)}1/a, if a> or = 1

then the maximum value of f(n) in 1<n< x is about log x / Mloglog x.

We also show that a function which has a finite mean value cannot be large too often.

In Chapter Three we give an upper estimate to the average value of f(n) as n runs through a short interval in an arithmetic progression with a large modulus . As an application of our general theorem we show, for example, that if f(n) is the characteristic function of the set of integers which are the sum of two squares, then as x -> infinity.

We call a positive integer n a k-full integer if pk divides n whenever p is a prime divisor of n, and in Chapter Four we give an asymptotic formula for the number of k-full integers not exceeding x. In Chapter Five we give an asymptotic formula for the number of 2-full integers in an interval. We also study the problem of the distribution of the perfect squares among the sequence of 2-full integers.

The materials in the first three chapters have been accepted for publications and will appear [31], [22], [33] and [32].

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (PhD)
Supervisors: Halberstam, H.
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA150 Algebra
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Science > School of Mathematical Sciences
Item ID: 28304
Depositing User: Lashkova, Mrs Olga
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2015 11:36
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2016 02:10

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