Questions where prime numbers play a key-role, such as: questions on the distribution of prime numbers (twin primes, gaps between primes, Hardy–Littlewood conjectures, etc); questions on prime numbers with special properties (Wieferich prime, Wolstenholme prime, etc.). This tag is often used as a ...

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Is there a lower bound for the first non-trivial sequence of consecutive integers where each of the first $n$ primes is a least prime factor

Using the Chinese Remainder Theorem, it is very straight forward to find a sequence of consecutive integers starting at $x$ where each of the first $n$ prime numbers is a least prime factor for a ...
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Is $\{ p \alpha \}$ for prime $p$ dense in $[0,1]$?

Let $\alpha$ an irrational real number. It is well known that the set $\{ \{n \alpha \}|\,\, n \in \mathbb{N} \}$ is dense in$[0,1]$. ($\{x\}$ denotes the fractional part of $x$) But how to prove the ...
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On a weighted sum in a lemma for sieve methods

I'm reading James Maynard's paper "Small gaps between primes". Lemma 6.1 (p.14) in this paper confused me. This lemma was taken from Goldston-Graham-Pintz-Yildirim's paper "Small gaps between ...
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Generalizations of Chen's theorem

The two famous theorems of Jingrun Chen, both with similar proofs, state (respectively) that all sufficiently large even numbers are the sum of a prime and an element of $P_2$, and that there are ...
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Generating function for the characteristic function of prime numbers

What do we know about the generating function of $\chi(n)$ (A010051) $$ f(x) = \sum_{n=0}^\infty \chi(n)x^n = \sum_{p\text{ prime}} x^p $$ for $\chi(n)$ the characteristic function of the primes: ...
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Mersenne almost primes

I asked earlier whether it can be proved that infinitely many elements of $P_n$ for some positive value of $n$ (here $P_n$ refers to the set of numbers with at most $n$ prime divisors). There I ...
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Brun's Theorem for twin primes and its generalization [closed]

Brun's Theorem given in 1919 ensures that the sum of the reciprocals of the twin primes converges. Do you know a different proof of this same result? Moreover, you know if the "generalization" of it ...
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Fermat-quotient of “order” 3: I found $68^{112} \equiv 1 \pmod {113^3}$ - are there bigger examples known?

(I've taken this from MSE, it seems to be more appropriate here) I'm rereading an older text on fermat-quotients (see wikipedia) from which I have now the Question for $$ b^{p-1} \equiv 1 \pmod{ ...
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Prime numbers and limit ordinals

As a set, i.e. as a von Neumann ordinal, the $\omega$-th limit ordinal $\omega^2$ is fairly complex and not so easy to visualize (for the novice). But as an explicit well-ordering of $\mathbb{N}$, ...
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Can the Brun-Titchmarsh theorem be improved when the modulus is smooth?

For $q,a$ relatively prime, let $\pi(x,q,a)$ denote the number of primes less than $x$ which are congruent to $a$ modulo $q$. The Brun-Titchmarsh theorem states that $$\pi(x,q,a)\leq ...
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Which upper bound for $r_{0}(n)$ can be obtained through the Chinese Remainder theorem?

Assume Goldbach's conjecture. Then for every integer $n$ greater than one there exists a non negative integer $r$ such that both $n-r$ and $n+r$ are prime numbers. For a given $n$, let's denote ...
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Avoiding multiples of $p$

Let $p$ be a prime number and $P=\{1,2,...,p-1\}$ In how many ways we can sum all the elements of $P$ in such a way that we will reach a multiple of $p$ only when we sum the last summand? For ...
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$p=4x^2+27y^2$,with $p$ a prime [closed]

p is a prime ,on what condition the Diophantine equation is solvable.what is it Linear expression ,for example ,$x^2+3y^2=p$, $p=3k+1$ ,$x^2+5y^2=p$ , $p=1,9\pmod{20}$.
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What is the crucial difference the Maynard/Tao approach and Goldston-Pintz-Yildirim that extends to prime k-tuples with $k>2$

Suppose $m$ is a positive integer. A quantity of interest is $$ H_m = \liminf_{n\to\infty} \left(p_{n+m} - p_n \right) $$ The twin prime conjecture, is, of course $H_1 = 2$, the the prime k-tuples ...
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The number of distinct prime factors of $n\in\mathbb N$

Let $\omega(n)$ be the number of distinct prime factors of a natural number $n$. Note that $\omega(n)=0\iff n=1$, and that $\omega(24)=\omega(2^3\cdot 3^1)=2\ (\not = 4)$. (For more details, you ...
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Primes $p$ for which $pk+1$ is prime for small $k$ (or approximating Sophie Germain)

The twin prime conjecture says there are infinitely many pairs $p,p+2$ that are both prime, and although we still don't know whether it's true there's been a lot of progress recently showing that ...
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Order of magnitude of $\sum \frac{1}{\log{p}}$

Question: What is the order of magnitude of the following sum? $$ \sum_{p<n}_{p\ \ prime} \frac{1}{\log{p}} $$ Additional information: Since $$ \sum_{p<n}_{p\ \ prime} \frac{1}{\log{n}} ...
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Is $2^{p}-1$ prime iff for $\frac{p-1}{2}$ odd positive integers $n$ below $p$, $(n+2)\vert (2^{p}+n)$? [closed]

As I was playing around with Mersenne numbers, and discovered the notion of Wagstaff prime going off Wikipedia, I started considering the sequence, for a given $odd$ prime number $p$, defined as ...
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Conjecture about distribution of primes in arithmetic progression

For my work, i need the following Conjecture: Let $N$ large number such that exist a prime number $q$ and $A>\frac{1}{2}$ such that $N^{1/2}<N^{A}\leq q-1<N.$ Then $\forall a\in\left[1,\, ...
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The equation $x^m-1=y^n+y^{n-1}+…+1$ in prime powers $x,y$

Does the equation $x^m-1=y^n+y^{n-1}+...+1$ have only finitely many solutions $(x,y,m,n)$ where $x,y$ are prime powers with $y>2$ and $m,n$ are integers with $m,n>1$? This question arose in the ...
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$n\varphi(n)\equiv 2\pmod{\sigma(n)}$ as a primality test

It is known from Subbarao, "On two congruences for primality" that $n>22$ is a prime iff $$n\sigma(n)\equiv 2\pmod{\varphi(n)},$$ where $\varphi(n)$ is Euler's function and $\sigma(n)$ is sum of ...
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On $n$-th prime $\pmod {n}$

Has it been proved or disproved that for any fixed $a\geq 1$ there are infinitelly many primes $p_n\equiv a\pmod{n}$? I believe i have proved that for every $a\geq1$ there are infinitelly many ...
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Quadratic residues and nonresidues of arbitrary patterns

Let $p_1, p_2, \dotsc, p_n$ be distinct primes, and let $\epsilon_1, \epsilon_2, \dotsc, \epsilon_n$ be an arbitrary sequence of $1$ and $-1$. There is an integer $a$ such that $\left( \frac{a}{p_1} ...
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Efficient ways to count primes satisfying Zhang's theorem

The theorem of Yitang Zhang states that there exist a finite $k \in \mathbb{N}$ such that there exist infinitely pairs of primes $(p,q)$ such that $|p - q| \leq k$. The statement that $k$ can be taken ...
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On the prime number theorem in arithmetic progression

The prime number theorem tells us that , if $\pi\left(x\right)$ denotes the number of primes less than or equal to $x$, we have $$\pi\left(x\right)\sim\frac{x}{\log x}.$$ In a similar manner ...
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Determine whether if $n$ is a primitive pseudoperfect (semiperfect) number, then $\sigma(n)<2^{\sigma_0(n)}$

Determine whether if $n$ is a primitive pseudoperfect (semiperfect) number, then $\sigma(n)<2^{\sigma_0(n)}$. $\sigma_k(n)$ is the division function and $\sigma(n)=\sigma_1(n)$. A number is ...
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Calculating pisano periods for any integer

I recently stumbled across this SPOJ question: http://www.spoj.com/problems/PISANO/ The question is simple. Calculate the pisano period of a number. After I researched my way through the web, I found ...
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Generalizing prime numbers to product-indecomposable objects in toposes

Any object $A$ in any topos decomposes as $A\times1$ and $1\times A$, and in $FinSet$ objects with no other product decompositions are "prime numbers". Is there any extension of the theory of ...
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Product of exponents of prime factorization

Let $p(n)$ be the product of the exponents of the prime factorization of $n$. For example, $$p(5184) = p(2^6 3^4) = 24 \;,$$ $$p(65536) = p(2^{16}) = 16 \;.$$ Define $P(n)$ as the number of iterations ...
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Short lattice vectors orthogonal to a random vector

Let $N$ be some prime number. Suppose I draw $s$ elements $g_1,..., g_s$, where each $g_i\in [N]$ is taken uniformly from some interval $I_i$ of size, say $\sqrt{N}$. Is it possible to provide a ...
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Strange (or stupid) arithmetic derivation

Let us consider the following operation on positive integers: $$n=\prod_{i=1}^{k}p_i^{\alpha_i} \qquad f(n):= \prod_{i=1}^{k}\alpha_ip_i^{\alpha_i-1}$$ (Is it true that if we apply this operation to ...
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Are [Wieferich] primes the only solutions to the equation $2^{k-1} \equiv 1 \pmod{k^2}$?

While studying a certain Diophantine equation in the squarefree integer $k \ge 2$, I believe I have proven the necessary restriction $$2^{k-1} \equiv 1\!\!\pmod{k^2}. \qquad(\star)$$ Based on what ...
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On permuted sum of squares of primes in a list

We want to pick a set of distinct primes (if not possible, then just positive numbers) $p_1,p_2,\dots,p_k$ such that there exists $t$ permutations, ...
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Relative Densities

Throughout the question, we only consider primes of the form $3k+1$. A reference for cubic reciprocity is Ireland & Rosen's A Classical Introduction to Modern Number Theory. How can I count ...
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Are the twin primes the only positive double zeros of this real function?

Agno's answer was extremely helpful. For $x \in \mathbb{R}, x \ge 1$ define $$ f(x) = \sin\frac{\pi(\Gamma(x)+1)}{\lfloor x \rfloor}$$ By Wilson's theorem the positive integer zeros of $f(x)$ are ...
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Function with zeros plus/minus the primes

While playing with Cohen's pari script prodeulerrat found a function. For $s \in \mathbb{C}$ define $$ f(s) = \prod_{p \text{ prime}} (1-\frac{s^2}{p^2})$$ The product converges everywhere, no poles ...
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Set of primes dividing polynomials and composition

For a non-constant polynomial $A \in \mathbb{Z}[x]$, let $\mathcal{P}(A)$ denote the set of prime numbers $p$ which divide $A(n)$ for some integer $n$. If $\mathcal{P}(A) \subseteq \mathcal{P}(B)$ for ...
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An interaction between prime numbers

Let   $p_1\ p_2\ \ldots$ be the sequence of all natural prime numbers. There is a slight (just slight) but clear tendency for imitating the number of primes in an interval $(p_k;\ p_n)$   by ...
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Green-Tao style theorem for quadratic regressions (Ulam Spiral)

This is a naive question about number theory. Looking at an Ulam spiral which illustrates primes of the form e.g. $4x^2-2x+c$ and other quadratic equations $ax^2+bx+c$, with $c>0$, there appears a ...
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Other implications of Zhang's method

I have been reading a bit about Zhang's proof and the associated Polymath8 project. Though Tao's high level summary ...
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Sequences sharing some primitive prime divisors

Let $q=p^\alpha$ and $q'=p'^\alpha$. Moreover, define $r_i$ and $u_i$ as primitive prime divisor of $q^i-1$ and $q'^i-1$, respectively. Let $\{r_1\}=\{u_1\}$, $\{r_2\}=\{u_2\}$, $\{r_3\}=\{u_3\}$, ...
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a question for the prime counting function

A famous inequality that has been proved by J.B. Rosser and L. Schoenfeld says that $\frac{n}{\ln n-1/2}$ < $\pi(n)$<$\frac{n}{\ln n-3/2} , n\ge 67$. Using this inequality we can prove ...
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apparent contradiction from result on prime gaps [closed]

I'm looking at Theorem 3 of this paper, which is If $\:x\geq \exp(\exp(45))\:$ and $\;\;h\:\geq\:3\cdot x^{\frac23}\;\;$ then $$\pi(x+h)-\pi(x) \; \geq \; h\cdot \left(1-\left(3192.34\cdot ...
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Composite Euclid Numbers

Is there any way (general procedure, i mean) to determine if a Euclid Number (En = pn# + 1) is prime or composite? Any research papers exploring this theme are also welcome. Thanks!
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Does the given operation on pairs of primes always repeat?

Let $p$ and $q$ be two distinct primes. The set $$A(p,q) =\{m+n : mp+nq=1 \textrm{ and } m,n \in \mathbb{Z}\}$$ is an arithmetic progression. Its step size $p-q$ is coprime to a fixed $m+n$ because ...
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How constructive is Dirichlet on primes in progressions?

Is there a known elementary function bound in terms of $a,b,n$ for the $n$-th prime equal to $b$ modulo $a$ (coprime to $b$)? Bounds on Linnik's constant answer this for the first prime in each ...
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Class number of real maximal subfield of cyclotomic fields

Let $p$ be a prime number and $h_p^+$ the class number of $\mathbb{Q}(\zeta_p + \zeta_p^{-1})$. What is known about the values of $p$ for which $h_p^+ = 1$? Are there infinitely many? Finitely many? ...
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Sieve bound for prime $k$-tuples

Let $d_1<d_2<\dots<d_k$ be integers. Then the number of integers $n\leq x$, such that $n+d_1, n+d_2, \ldots, n+d_k$ are simultaneously prime, is bounded above by $$ \mathfrak{S}(d_1, \ldots, ...
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The Bombieri Vinogradov Theorem restricted to moduli divisible by $k$

The Bombieri-Vinogradov Theorem states that given $A>0$, there exists $B>0$ such that for $Q=\sqrt{x}\left(\log x\right)^{-B},$ we have $$\sum_{q\leq Q}\max_{y\leq x}\max_{\begin{array}{c} ...
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Steps required to recognise a $z$-smooth number

I am currently reading section 5 of Pomerance's paper The Number Field Sieve and I have a few questions about smooth numbers. A number $x\in\mathbb Z_{\ge1}$ is called $z$-smooth if every prime ...