Algebra & Number Theory

The smallest prime that does not split completely in a number field

Xiannan Li

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We study the problem of bounding the least prime that does not split completely in a number field. This is a generalization of the classic problem of bounding the least quadratic nonresidue. Here, we present two distinct approaches to this problem. The first is by studying the behavior of the Dedekind zeta function of the number field near 1, and the second by relating the problem to questions involving multiplicative functions. We derive the best known bounds for this problem for all number fields with degree greater than 2. We also derive the best known upper bound for the residue of the Dedekind zeta function in the case where the degree is small compared to the discriminant.

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Algebra Number Theory, Volume 6, Number 6 (2012), 1061-1096.

Received: 22 June 2010
Revised: 8 September 2011
Accepted: 26 September 2011
First available in Project Euclid: 20 December 2017

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Primary: 11N60: Distribution functions associated with additive and positive multiplicative functions
Secondary: 11R42: Zeta functions and $L$-functions of number fields [See also 11M41, 19F27]

primes split number fields Dedekind zeta function


Li, Xiannan. The smallest prime that does not split completely in a number field. Algebra Number Theory 6 (2012), no. 6, 1061--1096. doi:10.2140/ant.2012.6.1061.

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