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Algebraic Properties of a Family of Generalized Laguerre Polynomials


Published:20090601
Printed: Jun 2009
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Abstract
We study the algebraic properties of Generalized Laguerre Polynomials
for negative integral values of the parameter. For integers $r,n\geq
0$, we conjecture that $L_n^{(1nr)}(x) = \sum_{j=0}^n
\binom{nj+r}{nj}x^j/j!$ is a $\Q$irreducible polynomial whose
Galois group contains the alternating group on $n$ letters. That this
is so for $r=n$ was conjectured in the 1950's by Grosswald and proven
recently by Filaseta and Trifonov. It follows from recent work of
Hajir and Wong that the conjecture is true when $r$ is large with
respect to $n\geq 5$. Here we verify it in three situations: i) when
$n$ is large with respect to $r$, ii) when $r \leq 8$, and iii) when
$n\leq 4$. The main tool is the theory of $p$adic Newton Polygons.