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Prime-representing functions. (English) Zbl 1240.11101
W. H. Mills [Bull. Am. Math. Soc. 53, 604 (1947; Zbl 0033.16303)] proved: There exists a real constant $$\alpha$$ such that the sequence $$\lfloor \alpha^{3^n}\rfloor$$ contains only prime numbers. There have been some subsequent extensions or refinements: I. Niven [Proc. Am. Math. Soc. 2, 753–755 (1951; Zbl 0044.03702)] proved that the $$3$$ can be replaced by any constant $$c>\frac{8}{3}$$, G. Alkauskas and A. Dubickas [Acta Math. Hung. 105, No.  3, 249–256 (2004; Zbl 1102.11004)] improved this to $$c>\frac{40}{19}$$. These constants reflect the current knowledge on primes in short intervals. Along this approach, reducing the constant to 2 appeared to be hopeless. E. M. Wright [J. Lond. Math. Soc. 29, 63–71 (1954; Zbl 0055.04101)] extended the result to hold for certain sequences.
Making use of her recent result, $\sum_{p_{n+1}-p_n> x^{1/2},\;x\leq p_{n\leq 2x}} (p_{n+1}-p_n) \ll x^{2/3},$ [Q. J. Math. 58, No.  4, 489–518 (2007; Zbl 1141.11042)], the author proves: Let $$c_i$$ be a sequence of real numbers with $$c_i\geq 2$$. Let $$C_n = c_1 \cdots c_n$$. There exists $$\alpha>2$$ such that the sequence $$\lfloor \alpha^{C_n} \rfloor$$ contains only prime numbers. The set of such numbers $$\alpha$$ has the cardinality of the continuum, is nowhere dense and has measure zero. In particular for $$c_i=2^i$$ this shows that there is some $$\alpha >2$$ such that $$\lfloor \alpha^{2^n} \rfloor$$ contains only prime numbers. On the Riemann Hypothesis the condition can be weakened to $$c_i \geq \frac{1+\sqrt{5}}{2}$$.

##### MSC:
 11N05 Distribution of primes 11A41 Primes
##### Keywords:
prime representing function; distribution of primes
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