Wiener–Ikehara theorem

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2010 Mathematics Subject Classification: Primary: 11M45 [MSN][ZBL]

A Tauberian theorem relating the behaviour of a real sequence to the analytic properties of the associated Dirichlet series. It is used in the study of arithmetic functions and yields a proof of the Prime number theorem. It was proved by Norbert Wiener and his student Shikao Ikehara in 1932.

Let $F(x)$ be a non-negative, monotonic decreasing function of the positive real variable $x$. Suppose that the Laplace transform $$ \int_0^\infty F(x)\exp(-xs) dx $$ converges for $\Re s >1$ to the function $f(s)$ and that $f(s)$ is analytic for $\Re s \ge 1$, except for a simple pole at $s=1$ with residue 1. Then the limit as $x$ goes to infinity of $e^{-x} F(x)$ is equal to 1.

An important number-theoretic application of the theorem is to Dirichlet series of the form $\sum_{n=1}^\infty a(n) n^{-s}$ where $a(n)$ is non-negative. If the series converges to an analytic function in $\Re s \ge b$ with a simple pole of residue $c$ at $s = b$, then $\sum_{n\le X}a(n) \sim c \cdot X^b$.

Applying this to the logarithmic derivative of the Riemann zeta function, where the coefficients in the Dirichlet series are values of the von Mangoldt function, it is possible to deduce the prime number theorem from the fact that the zeta function has no zeroes on the line $\Re (s)=1$.


  • S. Ikehara; An extension of Landau's theorem in the analytic theory of numbers, J. Math. Phys. 10 (1931), pp. 1–12
  • N. Wiener; Tauberian theorems, Annals of Mathematics 33 (1932), pp. 1–100
  • Hugh L. Montgomery; Robert C. Vaughan; Multiplicative number theory I. Classical theory, ser. Cambridge tracts in advanced mathematics 97 (2007), pp. 259–266 ISBN 0-521-84903-9
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