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==Top 5 Carol primes==
==Top 5 Carol primes==
Revision as of 14:42, 20 June 2019
In the context of the Carol/Kynea prime search, a Carol number is a number of the form [math](b^n-1)^2-2[/math] and a Kynea number is a number of the form [math](b^n+1)^2-2[/math]. A Carol/Kynea prime is a prime which has one of the above forms. A prime of these forms must satisfy the following criteria:
- b must be even, since if it is odd then [math](b^n±1)^2-2[/math] is always even, and thus can’t be prime.
- n must be greater than or equal to 1. For any b, if n is 0 then (bn±1)2 is equal to 1, and thus yields -1 when 2 is subtracted from it. By definition -1 is not prime. If n is negative then (bn±1)2 is not necessarily an integer.
- b may be a perfect power of another integer. However these form a subset of another base’s primes (ex. Base 4 Carol/Kynea primes are Base 2 Carol/Kynea primes where [math]n \bmod 2 \equiv 0[/math]). So it is not necessary to search these bases separately.
Due to the form of these numbers, they are also classified as near-square numbers (numbers of the form n2-k).
Carol and Kynea numbers were first studied by Cletus Emmanuel, who named them after personal acquaintances. He searched these forms for primes up to the limit of 15000. Starting in 2004, S. Harvey maintained a search for this form. At this time Multisieve and ck were used to sieve these forms and PFGW was used to test for primality. The search went dormant in 2011 and was resurrected in 2015 by Mark Rodenkirch. Initially Multisieve was used, but then later on he wrote cksieve which would later become part of mtsieve framework. On April 15, 2016 Mark opened a thread for a coordinated search of Carol/Kynea numbers on Mersenneforum, which continues to this day (although now Gary Barnes, maintainer of NPLB and CRUS, maintains the search).
Top 5 Carol primes
Top 5 Kynea primes
These are available OEIS sequences:
All bases with their own page are listed here: There are 381 sequences.
Bases which are a power of
There are 22 sequences.
Bases without a Carol prime
There are 84 sequences.
Bases without a Kynea prime
There are 75 sequences.
Bases without a Carol and Kynea prime
There are 2 sequences.
All data not yet given by an own page can be found here.