Hardy–Littlewood tauberian theorem
In mathematical analysis, the Hardy–Littlewood tauberian theorem is a tauberian theorem relating the asymptotics of the partial sums of a series with the asymptotics of its Abel summation. In this form, the theorem asserts that if, as y ↓ 0, the non-negative sequence an is such that there is an asymptotic equivalence
then there is also an asymptotic equivalence
Statement of the theorem
This formulation is from Titchmarsh.:226 Suppose an ≥ 0 for all n, and as x ↑1 we have
Then as n goes to ∞ we have
The theorem is sometimes quoted in equivalent forms, where instead of requiring an ≥ 0, we require an = O(1), or we require an ≥ −K for some constant K.:155 The theorem is sometimes quoted in another equivalent formulation (through the change of variable x = 1/ey ).:155 If, as y ↓ 0,
The following more general formulation is from Feller.:445 Consider a real-valued function F : [0,∞) → R of bounded variation. The Laplace–Stieltjes transform of F is defined by the Stieltjes integral
The theorem relates the asymptotics of ω with those of F in the following way. If ρ is a non-negative real number, then the following are equivalent
Here Γ denotes the Gamma function. One obtains the theorem for series as a special case by taking ρ = 1 and F(t) to be a piecewise constant function with value between t=n and t=n+1.
A slight improvement is possible. A function L(x) is slowly varying at infinity if
for every positive t. Let L be a function slowly varying at infinity and ρ a non-negative real number. Then the following are equivalent
Karamata (1930) found a short proof of the theorem by considering the functions g such that
An easy calculation shows that all monomials g(x)=xk have this property, and therefore so do all polynomials g. This can be extended to a function g with simple (step) discontinuities by approximating it by polynomials from above and below (using the Weierstrass approximation theorem and a little extra fudging) and using the fact that the coefficients an are positive. In particular the function given by g(t)=1/t if 1/e<t<1 and 0 otherwise has this property. But then for x=e–1/N the sum Σanxng(xn) is a0+...+aN, and the integral of g is 1, from which the Hardy–Littlewood theorem follows immediately.
The theorem can fail without the condition that the coefficients are non-negative. For example, the function
is asymptotic to 1/4(1–x) as x tends to 1, but the partial sums of its coefficients are 1, 0, 2, 0, 3, 0, 4... and are not asymptotic to any linear function.
Littlewood's extension of Tauber's theorem
This came historically before the Hardy–Littlewood tauberian theorem, but can be proved as a simple application of it.:233–235
Prime number theorem
In 1915 Hardy and Littlewood developed a proof of the prime number theorem based on their tauberian theorem; they proved
where Λ is the von Mangoldt function, and then conclude
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