Proceedings of the Japan Academy, Series A, Mathematical Sciences

Small gaps between primes exist

Daniel Alan Goldston, Yoichi Motohashi, János Pintz, and Cem Yalçın Yıldırım

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In the preprint [3], Goldston, Pintz, and Yıldırım established, among other things, \begin{equation} \liminf_{n\to\infty}{p_{n+1}-p_n\over\log p_n}=0, \end{equation} with $p_n$ the $n$th prime. In the present article, which is essentially self-contained, we shall develop a simplified account of the method used in [3]. We include a short expository last section.

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Proc. Japan Acad. Ser. A Math. Sci. Volume 82, Number 4 (2006), 61-65.

First available in Project Euclid: 2 May 2006

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Primary: 11N05: Distribution of primes
Secondary: 11P32: Goldbach-type theorems; other additive questions involving primes

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Goldston, Daniel Alan; Motohashi, Yoichi; Pintz, János; Yıldırım, Cem Yalçın. Small gaps between primes exist. Proc. Japan Acad. Ser. A Math. Sci. 82 (2006), no. 4, 61--65. doi:10.3792/pjaa.82.61.

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