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A200507 Least m>0 such that n = 7^x-y^2 (mod m) has no solution, or 0 if no such m exists. 9
0, 0, 3, 0, 8, 3, 0, 0, 3, 7, 8, 3, 8, 0, 3, 16, 7, 3, 8, 0, 3, 16, 28, 3, 0, 16, 3, 16, 8, 3, 7, 16, 3, 0, 8, 3, 8, 7, 3, 28, 0, 3, 8, 16, 3, 0, 19, 3, 0, 0, 3, 7, 8, 3, 0, 20, 3, 16, 7, 3, 8, 100, 3, 16, 35, 3, 8, 28, 3, 16, 20, 3, 7, 16, 3, 16, 8, 3, 28 (list; graph; refs; listen; history; text; internal format)
OFFSET

0,3

COMMENTS

If such an m>0 exists, this proves that n is not in A051218, i.e., not of the form 7^x-y^2. On the other hand, if there are integers x, y such that n=7^x-y^2, then we know that a(n)=0.

a(432) is at least of order 10^5.

LINKS

M. F. Hasler, Table of n, a(n) for n = 0..431

EXAMPLE

a(2)=3 since quadratic residues mod 3 (i.e. possible values for y^2 mod 3) are {0,1}, and 7^x is always congruent to 1 (mod 3), therefore there cannot be any (x,y) such that 7^x-y^2 = 2. The modulus m=3 is the least number for which this equation has no solution in Z/mZ: For m=1 the equation is always true, and for m=2 one always has the solution x=0 and y=0 (for even n) or y=1 (for odd n).

PROG

(PARI) A200507(n, b=7, p=3)={ my( x=0, qr, bx, seen ); for( m=3, 9e9, while( x^p < m, issquare(b^x-n) & return(0); x++); qr=vecsort(vector(m, i, i^2+n)%m, , 8); seen=0; bx=1; until( bittest(seen+=1<<bx, bx=bx*b%m), for(i=1, #qr, qr[i]<bx & next; qr[i]>bx & break; next(3))); return(m))}

CROSSREFS

Cf. A051204-A051221, A200505-A200524.

Sequence in context: A197512 A232272 A186744 * A296042 A180661 A174474

Adjacent sequences:  A200504 A200505 A200506 * A200508 A200509 A200510

KEYWORD

nonn

AUTHOR

M. F. Hasler, Nov 18 2011

STATUS

approved

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