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Mathematics of Computation

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Explicit bounds for primality testing and related problems
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by Eric Bach PDF
Math. Comp. 55 (1990), 355-380 Request permission


Many number-theoretic algorithms rely on a result of Ankeny, which states that if the Extended Riemann Hypothesis (ERH) is true, any nontrivial multiplicative subgroup of the integers modulo m omits a number that is $O({\log ^2}m)$. This has been generalized by Lagarias, Montgomery, and Odlyzko to give a similar bound for the least prime ideal that does not split completely in an abelian extension of number fields. This paper gives a different proof of this theorem, in which explicit constants are supplied. The bounds imply that if the ERH holds, a composite number m has a witness for its compositeness (in the sense of Miller or Solovay-Strassen) that is at most $2{\log ^2}m$.
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  • © Copyright 1990 American Mathematical Society
  • Journal: Math. Comp. 55 (1990), 355-380
  • MSC: Primary 11R44; Secondary 11Y11, 11Y40
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  • MathSciNet review: 1023756