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A polynomial analogue of the twin prime conjecture
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Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 136 (2008), 3775-3784 Request permission


We consider the problem of counting the number of (not necessarily monic) ‘twin prime pairs’ $P, P+M \in \mathbf {F}_q[T]$ of degree $n$, where $M$ is a polynomial of degree $< n$. We formulate an asymptotic prediction for the number of such pairs as $q^n\to \infty$ and then prove an explicit estimate confirming the conjecture in those cases where $q$ is large compared with $n^2$. When $M$ has degree $n-1$, our theorem implies the validity of a result conditionally proved by Hayes in 1963. When $M$ has degree zero, our theorem refines a result of Effinger, Hicks and Mullen.
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  • Paul Pollack
  • Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire 03755
  • MR Author ID: 830585
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  • Received by editor(s): July 10, 2007
  • Received by editor(s) in revised form: September 19, 2007
  • Published electronically: May 20, 2008
  • Additional Notes: The author was supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.
  • Communicated by: Ken Ono
  • © Copyright 2008 American Mathematical Society
    The copyright for this article reverts to public domain 28 years after publication.
  • Journal: Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 136 (2008), 3775-3784
  • MSC (2000): Primary 11T55; Secondary 11N32
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  • MathSciNet review: 2425715