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Title: Value distribution of meromorphic functions and their derivatives
Author: Nicks, Daniel A.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2695 5817
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2010
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The content of this thesis can be divided into two broad topics. The first half investigates the deficient values and deficient functions of certain classes of meromorphic functions. Here a value is called deficient if a function takes that value less often than it takes most other values. It is shown that the derivative of a periodic meromorphic function has no finite non-zero deficient values, provided that the function satisfies a necessary growth condition. The classes B and S consist of those meromorphic functions for which the finite critical and asymptotic values form a bounded or finite set. A number of results are obtained about the conditions under which members of the classes B and S and their derivatives may admit rational, or slowly-growing transcendental, deficient functions. The second major topic is a study of real functions -- those functions which are real on the real axis. Some generalisations are given of a theorem due to Hinkkanen and Rossi that characterizes a class of real meromorphic functions having only real zeroes, poles and critical points. In particular, the assumption that the zeroes are real is discarded, although this condition reappears as a conclusion in one result. Real entire functions are the subject of the final chapter, which builds upon the recent resolution of a long-standing conjecture attributed to Wiman. In this direction, several conditions are established under which a real entire function must belong to the classical Laguerre-Polya class LP. These conditions typically involve the non-real zeroes of the function and its derivatives.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: QA299 Analysis