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On $q$-analogues of the Euler constant and Lerch’s limit formula

Authors: Nobushige Kurokawa and Masato Wakayama
Journal: Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 132 (2004), 935-943
MSC (2000): Primary 11M35, 33D05
Published electronically: November 13, 2003
MathSciNet review: 2045407
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Abstract: We introduce and study a $q$-analogue $\gamma (q)$ of the Euler constant via a suitably defined $q$-analogue of the Riemann zeta function. We show, in particular, that the value $\gamma (2)$ is irrational. We also present a $q$-analogue of the Hurwitz zeta function and establish an analogue of the limit formula of Lerch in 1894 for the gamma function. This limit formula can be regarded as a natural generalization of the formula of $\gamma (q)$.

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Nobushige Kurokawa
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Meguro, Tokyo, 152-0033 Japan

Masato Wakayama
Affiliation: Faculty of Mathematics, Kyushu University, Hakozaki, Fukuoka, 812-8581 Japan

Keywords: Euler’s constant, Riemann’s zeta function, Hurwitz’s zeta function, $q$-gamma function, Lerch’s limit formula
Received by editor(s): September 3, 2002
Published electronically: November 13, 2003
Additional Notes: Work in part supported by Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) No. 11440010, and by Grant-in-Aid for Exploratory Research No. 13874004, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Communicated by: Wen-Ching Winnie Li
Article copyright: © Copyright 2003 American Mathematical Society