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Generating function for $r^\binom{n}{2}$

I'm trying to find a closed form of the generating function $$ G(x) = \sum_{n \ge 0} r^\binom{n}{2} x^n $$ for a real number $0 < r < 1$. I found that $G(x) = 1 + xG(rx)$. Any hints where to ...
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Interpretation of functional equation of dedekind eta function

It's well known that the Dedekind eta function defined by $\eta(z) = \displaystyle e^{\frac{\pi i z}{12}} \prod_{n=1}^{\infty} (1 - e^{2 \pi i n z}) $ converges for $z$ in the upper half plane to a ...
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Rapidly convergent series for $\sum_{J=0}^{\infty} (2 J + 1) e^{-\beta J(J+1)}$ (rigid rotor)

I need to evaluate this series for arbitrary $\beta > 0$: $ Q = \sum_{J=0}^{\infty} (2 J + 1) e^{-\beta J(J+1)} $ Is it related to a known transcendental function? From the research I did, it ...
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Calculating a summation of a $\theta$ function

Let $ \theta_z(t) = \sum \limits_{m,n\in\mathbb{z}}e^{-\pi Q_z(m,n)t}$ where $Q_z(m,n)=y^{-1}|mz+n|^2$. I need to prove that $\theta_z(t)=t^{-1}\theta_z(t^{-1})$. Now, looking that up I know that ...
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Convexity of $\theta(q)$

Define Jacobi's (fourth) theta function with argument zero and nome $q$: $$\theta(q) = 1+2\sum_{n=1}^\infty (-1)^n q^{n^2}$$ plot of the function via Wolfram|Alpha plot of the function via Sage I ...
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Combinatorial interpretation of this identity of Gauss?

Gauss came up with some bizarre identities, namely $$ \sum_{n\in\mathbb{Z}}(-1)^nq^{n^2}=\prod_{k\geq 1}\frac{1-q^k}{1+q^k}. $$ How can this be interpreted combinatorially? It strikes me as being ...
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A Dedekind eta function sum of form $y_0^k+y_1^k+y_2^k+y_3^k+… = 0$

Given the Dedekind eta function $\eta(\tau)$. Define, $y_p = e^{\pi i p/6}\,\eta(\tfrac{\tau+2p}{5})$ Prove the multi-grade identity [1], $y_0^k + y_1^k + y_2^k + y_3^k + y_4^k + ...
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How to simplify $\newcommand{\bigk}{\mathop{\vcenter{\hbox{K}}}}\prod_{p\in\mathbb{P}}\left(1+\bigk_{k=1}^{\infty }\frac{f_k(s)}{g_k(s)}\right)^{-1}$

I'd like to simplify $$\newcommand{\bigk}{\mathop{\huge\vcenter{\hbox{K}}}}B(s)=\prod_{p\in\mathbb{P}}\left(1+\bigk_{k=1}^{\infty }\frac{f_{k}(s)}{f_{k}(s)}\right)^{-1}$$ to something of the form ...
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On the growth of the Jacobi theta function

So, I ran into this exercise from Stein & Shakarchi. CA, Chapter 5: Show that if $\tau$ is fixed with positive imaginary part, then the Jacobi theta function $$\theta(z | r) = ...
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What is meant by a set of generic points on a compact Riemann surface

Let $X$ be a compact connected Riemann surface of genus $g \geq 1$. I'm studying a theorem of Faltings which looks as follows. Let $P_1,\ldots, P_g$ be generic points on $X$. Then we have some ...
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Reference request: theta functions for lattices which are not unimodular or even

In A Course in Arithmetic, Serre works out some of the theory of theta functions for even, self-dual lattices, e.g. such theta functions are modular forms of weight $n/2$, where $n$ is the dimension ...
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Relationship between Dixonian elliptic functions and Borwein cubic theta functions

In this paper, it says that the three Borwein cubic theta functions obey the identity $a(q)^{3}=b(q)^{3}+c(q)^{3}$, which is strongly reminiscent of the identity that Dixonian elliptic functions obey ...
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Hermite's solution of the general quintic in terms of theta functions

Can someone point me at or produce a translation or modern exposition of Hermite's solution of the general quintic in terms of theta functions? (the "before" and "after" steps are on the mathworld ...
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Where are this kind of series used, $\vartheta_{4}(0,e^{\alpha \cdot z})$?

In my recent explorations I stumbled upon the following series $$ \vartheta_{4}(0,e^{\alpha \cdot z})=1+2\sum_{k=1}^{\infty} (-1)^{k}\cdot e^{\alpha \cdot z\cdot k^{2}} ; \alpha \in \mathbb{R}, z ...