A Partial Proof of a Conjecture of Dris

Research paper by Patrick Brown

Indexed on: 04 Feb '16Published on: 04 Feb '16Published in: Mathematics - Number Theory


Euler showed that if an odd perfect number $N$ exists, it must consist of two parts $N=q^k n^2$, with $q$ prime, $q \equiv k \equiv 1 \pmod{4}$, and gcd$(q,n)=1$. Dris conjectured that $q^k < n$. We first show that $q<n$ for all odd perfect numbers. Afterwards, we show $q^k < n$ holds in many cases.