Grosswald’s conjecture on primitive roots

Speaker: 

Tim Trudgian

Affiliation: 

UNSW Canberra

Date: 

Wed, 16/08/2017 - 3:00pm

Venue: 

RC-4082, The Red Centre, UNSW

Abstract: 

Very little is known about the distribution of primitive roots of a prime $p$. Grosswald conjectured that the least primitive root of a prime p is less than $\sqrt{p} - 2$ for all $p> 409$. While this is certainly true for all $p$ sufficiently large, Grosswald’s conjecture in still open. I shall outline some recent work which resolves the conjecture completely under the Generalised Riemann Hypothesis and which almost resolves the conjecture unconditionally.

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