Brandt Kronholm

Affiliation: SUNY at Albany


Title Of Talk: Generalized Ramanujan Congruence Properties of the Restricted Partition Function p(n,m)

Abstract: The restricted partition function p(n,m) enumerates the number of partitions of n into exactly m parts. The relationship between the unrestricted partition function p(n) and p(n,m) is clear:

p(n) = p(n,1) + p(n,2) + ... + p(n,n).

In 1919 Ramanujan observed proved the following partition congruences:

p(5n+4)== 0 (mod 5)
p(7n+5)== 0 (mod7)
p(11n+6)== 0 (mod 11)
Ono (2000) proved that there are such congruences for p(n) modulo every prime L>3. Ramanujan further conjectured a generalization for a modulus of powers of 5, 7, and 11 which was eventually proved by Atkin in 1967.

In this talk we will discuss a Ramanujan-like congruence relation for p(n,m) where for our choice of any choice of prime power modulus there is no restriction on n. We will highlight a few of the results and techniques in the several papers (Kwong, Nijenhuis, Wilf) preceeding our main result.

If time permits, we will consider future research regarding p(n,m).

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