On a family of sequences related to Chebyshev polynomials


Andrew Hone


University of Kent


Wed, 28/03/2018 - 2:00pm


RC-3085, The Red Centre, UNSW


The appearance of primes in a family of linear recurrence sequences labelled by a positive integer $n$ is considered. The terms of each sequence correspond to a particular class of Lehmer numbers, or (viewing them as polynomials in $n$) dilated versions of the so-called Chebyshev polynomials of the fourth kind, also known as airfoil polynomials. It is proved that when the value of $n$ is given by a dilated Chebyshev polynomial of the first kind evaluated at a suitable integer, either the sequence contains a single prime, or no term is prime. For all other values of $n$, it is conjectured that the sequence contains infinitely many primes, whose distribution has analogous properties to the distribution of Mersenne primes among the Mersenne numbers. Similar results are obtained for the sequences associated with negative integers $n$, which correspond to Chebyshev polynomials of the third kind, and to another family of Lehmer numbers.

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