- Prime pairs and the zeta function
- Journal of Approximation Theory
- Volume | Issue number
- 158 | 1
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics (KdVI)
Are there infinitely many prime pairs with given even difference? Most mathematicians think so. Using a strong arithmetic hypothesis, Goldston, Pintz and Yildirim have recently shown that there are infinitely many pairs of primes differing by at most sixteen.
There is extensive numerical support for the prime-pair conjecture (PPC) of Hardy and Littlewood [G.H. Hardy, J.E. Littlewood, Some problems of 'partitio numerorum'. III: On the expression of a number as a sum of primes, Acta Math. 44 (1923) 1-70 (sec. 3)] on the asymptotic behavior of pi(2r)(x), the number of prime pairs (p, p + 2r) with p <= x. Assuming Riemann's Hypothesis (RN), Montgomery and others have studied the pair-correlation of zeta's complex zeros, indicating connections with the PPC. Using a Tauberian approach, the author shows that the PPC is equivalent to specific boundary behavior of a function involving zeta's complex zeros. A certain hypothesis on equidistribution of prime pairs, or a speculative supplement to Montgomery's work on pair-correlation, would imply that there is an abundance of prime pairs.
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