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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: July 2019

1 - The Absolute Convergence Problem

from Part 1 - Bohr’s Problem and Complex Analysis on Polydiscs

Summary

We establish the basic notions around Dirichlet series that are going to be used all along the text. A Dirichlet series converges on half-planes, and that there it defines a holomorphic function. For a given Dirichlet series we consider four abscissas definining the maximal half-planes on which it: converges, defines a bounded holomorphic function, converges uniformly or converges absolutely. We formulate the problem of determining the maximal possible distance between these abscissas. The difference between the abscissa of convergence and absolute convergence is at most one, and this is attained. Also, the abscissa of uniform convergence and of boundedness always coincide (this is Bohr theorem). Then Bohr’s problem is established: to determine S, the maximal possible width of the strip of absolute but not uniform convergence of Dirichlet series, and we show that it is at most 1/2. Finally we introduce the Banach space \mathcal{H}_\infty of Dirichlet series that converge and define a bounded holomorphic function on the right half-plane and reformulate Bohr’s problem in terms of this space. This becomes later an important tool.