Giuga number

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A Giuga number is a composite number n such that for each of its distinct prime factors pi we have , or equivalently such that for each of its distinct prime factors pi we have .

The Giuga numbers are named after the mathematician Giuseppe Giuga, and relate to his conjecture on primality.

Definitions[edit]

Alternative definition for a Giuga number due to Takashi Agoh is: a composite number n is a Giuga number if and only if the congruence

holds true, where B is a Bernoulli number and is Euler's totient function.

An equivalent formulation due to Giuseppe Giuga is: a composite number n is a Giuga number if and only if the congruence

and if and only if

All known Giuga numbers n in fact satisfy the stronger condition

Examples[edit]

The sequence of Giuga numbers begins

30, 858, 1722, 66198, 2214408306, … (sequence A007850 in the OEIS).

For example, 30 is a Giuga number since its prime factors are 2, 3 and 5, and we can verify that

  • 30/2 - 1 = 14, which is divisible by 2,
  • 30/3 - 1 = 9, which is 3 squared, and
  • 30/5 - 1 = 5, the third prime factor itself.

Properties[edit]

The prime factors of a Giuga number must be distinct. If divides , then it follows that , where is divisible by . Hence, would not be divisible by , and thus would not be a Giuga number.

Thus, only square-free integers can be Giuga numbers. For example, the factors of 60 are 2, 2, 3 and 5, and 60/2 - 1 = 29, which is not divisible by 2. Thus, 60 is not a Giuga number.

This rules out squares of primes, but semiprimes cannot be Giuga numbers either. For if , with primes, then , so will not divide , and thus is not a Giuga number.

Question dropshade.png Unsolved problem in mathematics:
Are there infinitely many Giuga numbers?
(more unsolved problems in mathematics)

All known Giuga numbers are even. If an odd Giuga number exists, it must be the product of at least 14 primes. It is not known if there are infinitely many Giuga numbers.

It has been conjectured by Paolo P. Lava (2009) that Giuga numbers are the solutions of the differential equation n' = n+1, where n' is the arithmetic derivative of n. (For square-free numbers , , so n' = n+1 is just the last equation in the above section Definitions, multiplied by n.)

José Mª Grau and Antonio Oller-Marcén have shown that an integer n is a Giuga number if and only if it satisfies n' = a n + 1 for some integer a > 0, where n' is the arithmetic derivative of n. (Again, n' = a n + 1 is identical to the third equation in Definitions, multiplied by n.)

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