Thesis defence in the University of Oulu

Doctoral Candidate

Master of Science Louna Seppälä

Faculty and research unit

University of Oulu Graduate School, Faculty of Science, Research Unit of Mathematical Sciences

Field of study


Date and time of the thesis defence

10.5.2019 12:00

Place of the thesis defence

Linnanmaa, Auditorium IT116

Topic of the dissertation

Diophantine perspectives to the exponential function and Euler's factorial series


Professor Camilla Hollanti, Aalto University


Adjunct Professor Tapani Matala-aho, University of Oulu

Diophantine perspectives to the exponential function and Euler's factorial series

At its simplest, Diophantine approximation is about estimating real numbers with rationals. More generally, one may study a linear form in some given numbers. In case these numbers are such that the linear form is zero only when all the coefficients of the linear form are zero, it is interesting to know how close to zero the linear form can be.

The focus of this thesis is on two functions: the exponential function and Euler's factorial series. Lower bounds for linear forms in the values of these functions are derived using rational function approximations called Padé approximations. The first part of the thesis deals with the exponential function, and the lower bound we obtain gives an improved transcendence measure for Napier's constant.

The construction of Padé approximations leads to large groups of equations whose solutions need to be estimated as well as possible. Such an estimate is given by Siegel's lemma, a fundamental tool in transcendental number theory. Siegel's lemma has later been improved, and the use of this improved version involves finding the greatest common divisor of the maximal minors of the coefficient matrix of the group of equations under consideration. In the second part of the thesis, we investigate the factors of some large determinants related to the use of Siegel's lemma in Padé approximation equations.

In the last part of the dissertation, we consider the factorial series named after Euler which converges in non-Archimedean metrics. We establish some non-vanishing results for a linear form in the values of Euler's series. A lower bound for this linear form is derived as well, improving an earlier corresponding result.

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