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Linear Equations with Small Prime and Almost Prime Solutions


Published:20080901
Printed: Sep 2008
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Abstract
Let $b_1, b_2$ be any integers such that
$\gcd(b_1, b_2)=1$ and $c_1b_1<b_2\leq c_2b_1$, where
$c_1, c_2$ are any given positive constants. Let $n$ be any
integer satisfying $\{gcd(n, b_i)=1$, $i=1,2$. Let $P_k$ denote
any integer with no more than $k$ prime factors, counted according
to multiplicity. In this paper, for almost all $b_2$, we prove (i)
a sharp lower bound for $n$ such that the equation $b_1p+b_2m=n$
is solvable in prime $p$ and almost prime $m=P_k$, $k\geq 3$
whenever both $b_i$ are positive, and (ii) a sharp upper bound for the
least solutions $p, m$ of the above equation whenever $b_i$ are
not of the same sign, where $p$ is a prime and $m=P_k, k\geq 3$.