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Every Real Algebraic Integer Is a Difference of Two Mahler Measures


Published:20070601
Printed: Jun 2007
Paulius Drungilas
Artūras Dubickas
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Abstract
We prove that every real
algebraic integer $\alpha$ is expressible by a
difference of two Mahler measures of integer polynomials.
Moreover, these polynomials can be chosen in such a way that they
both have the same degree as that of $\alpha$, say
$d$, one of these two polynomials is irreducible and
another has an irreducible factor of degree $d$, so
that $\alpha=M(P)bM(Q)$ with irreducible polynomials
$P, Q\in \mathbb Z[X]$ of degree $d$ and a
positive integer $b$. Finally, if $d \leqslant 3$, then one can take $b=1$.