Computing differential Galois groups of second-order linear q-difference equations

Carlos E. Arreche, Yi Zhang*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)


We apply the differential Galois theory for difference equations developed by Hardouin and Singer to compute the differential Galois group for a second-order linear q-difference equation with rational function coefficients. This Galois group encodes the possible polynomial differential relations among the solutions of the equation. We apply our results to compute the differential Galois groups of several concrete q-difference equations, including for the colored Jones polynomial of a certain knot.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102273
JournalAdvances in Applied Mathematics
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022


  • Difference Galois theory
  • Differential Galois theory
  • q-Difference equations

Cite this