Around Artin's primitive root conjecture

Speaker: Paul Péringuey, UBC

Date: Wed, Nov 22, 2023

Location: Online

Conference: Emergent Research: The PIMS Postdoctoral Fellow Seminar

Subject: Mathematics

Class: Scientific


In this talk we will first discuss this soon to be 100 years old conjecture, which states that the set of primes for which an integer \(a\) different from \(-1\) or a perfect square is a primitive root admits an asymptotic density among all primes. In 1967 Hooley proved this conjecture under the Generalized Riemann Hypothesis.

After that, we will look into a generalization of this conjecture, where we don't restrain ourselves to look for primes for which \(a\) is a primitive root but instead elements of an infinite subset of \(\mathbb{N}\) for which \(a\) is a generalized primitive root. In particular, we will take this infinite subset to be either \(\mathbb{N}\) itself or integers with few prime factors.