The Ramanujan Journal

, Volume 46, Issue 3, pp 795–820 | Cite as

Continued fractions for square series generating functions

  • Maxie D. SchmidtEmail author


We consider new series expansions for variants of the so-termed ordinary geometric square series generating functions originally defined in the recent article titled “Square Series Generating Function Transformations” (arXiv:1609.02803). Whereas the original square series transformations article adapts known generating function transformations to construct integral representations for these square series functions enumerating the square powers of \(q^{n^2}\) for some fixed non-zero q with \(|q| < 1\), we study the expansions of these special series through power series generated by Jacobi-type continued fractions, or J-fractions. We prove new exact expansions of the hth convergents to these continued fraction series and show that the limiting case of these convergent generating functions exists as \(h \rightarrow \infty \). We also prove new infinite q-series representations of special square series expansions involving square-power terms of the series parameter q, the q-Pochhammer symbol, and double sums over the q-binomial coefficients. Applications of the new results we prove within the article include new q-series representations for the ordinary generating functions of the special sequences, \(r_p(n)\), and \(\sigma _1(n)\), as well as parallels to the examples of the new integral representations for theta functions, series expansions of infinite products and partition function generating functions, and related unilateral special function series cited in the first square series transformations article.


Square series q-Series J-fraction Continued fraction Sum of squares functions Sum of divisors function Theta function Ordinary generating function 

Mathematics Subject Classification

05A15 11Y65 11B65 40A15 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of MathematicsGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

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