1. CJM 2008 (vol 60 pp. 491)
|A Multi-Frey Approach to Some Multi-Parameter Families of Diophantine Equations |
We solve several multi-parameter families of binomial Thue equations of arbitrary degree; for example, we solve the equation \[ 5^u x^n-2^r 3^s y^n= \pm 1, \] in non-zero integers $x$, $y$ and positive integers $u$, $r$, $s$ and $n \geq 3$. Our approach uses several Frey curves simultaneously, Galois representations and level-lowering, new lower bounds for linear forms in $3$ logarithms due to Mignotte and a famous theorem of Bennett on binomial Thue equations.
Keywords:Diophantine equations, Frey curves, level-lowering, linear forms in logarithms, Thue equation
Categories:11F80, 11D61, 11D59, 11J86, 11Y50
2. CJM 2001 (vol 53 pp. 897)
|On Some Exponential Equations of S.~S.~Pillai |
In this paper, we establish a number of theorems on the classic Diophantine equation of S.~S.~Pillai, $a^x-b^y=c$, where $a$, $b$ and $c$ are given nonzero integers with $a,b \geq 2$. In particular, we obtain the sharp result that there are at most two solutions in positive integers $x$ and $y$ and deduce a variety of explicit conditions under which there exists at most a single such solution. These improve or generalize prior work of Le, Leveque, Pillai, Scott and Terai. The main tools used include lower bounds for linear forms in the logarithms of (two) algebraic numbers and various elementary arguments.
Categories:11D61, 11D45, 11J86