Divisibility properties of sporadic Apéry-like numbers
© The Author(s) 2016
Received: 3 August 2015
Accepted: 6 January 2016
Published: 14 February 2016
In 1982, Gessel showed that the Apéry numbers associated to the irrationality of ζ(3) satisfy Lucas congruences. Our main result is to prove corresponding congruences for all known sporadic Apéry-like sequences. In several cases, we are able to employ approaches due to McIntosh, Samol–van Straten and Rowland–Yassawi to establish these congruences. However, for the sequences labeled s 18 and (η) we require a finer analysis.
As an application, we investigate modulo which numbers these sequences are periodic. In particular, we show that the Almkvist–Zudilin numbers are periodic modulo 8, a special property which they share with the Apéry numbers. We also investigate primes which do not divide any term of a given Apéry-like sequence.