One of the many remarkable properties of the Apéry numbers
introduced in Apéry’s proof of the irrationality of
that they satisfy the two-term supercongruences
Similar congruences are conjectured to hold for all Apéry-like sequences.
We provide a fresh perspective on the supercongruences satisfied by the
Apéry numbers by showing that they extend to all Taylor coefficients
The Apéry numbers are the diagonal coefficients of this function, which is
simpler than previously known rational functions with this property.
Our main result offers analogous results for an infinite family of sequences, indexed by
which also includes the Franel and Yang–Zudilin numbers as well as the Apéry numbers
Using the example of the Almkvist–Zudilin numbers, we further indicate evidence of
multivariate supercongruences for other Apéry-like sequences.