ERROR BOUNDS FOR THE ASYMPTOTIC EXPANSION OF THE GAMMA FUNCTION

Type: 
PhD Student Seminar
Audience: 
Open to the Public
Room: 
310/A
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 2:00pm
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Date: 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Abstract:
 
The asymptotic expansion of the complex Gamma function is an extension of the so-called Stirling formula. The first proof of the expansion for positive variables dates back to Laplace. Since the mid-20th century, this expansion has become a standard textbook example to illustrate various techniques for deriving asymptotic series. It was not, however, until the end of the 20th century that simple, explicit error bounds were found for this important expansion, despite the fact that for the related log-Gamma expansion, error bounds were known since the mid-19th century.
Ever since I encountered these new error bounds, I felt that there must be an even simpler and nicer bound for the remainder. The idea of a possible proof came into my mind last August and in October I finished the paper which presents the "true" error bounds. During the talk I will provide you with a heuristic argument that gives hope for the existence of a better error bound, and I will give an outline of the rigorous proof as well.