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(up) Definitions and Notes

The reciprocal of every prime p (other than two and five) has a period, that is the decimal expansion of 1/p repeats in blocks of some set length (see the period of a decimal expansion). This is called the period of the prime p. Samuel Yates defined a unique prime (or unique period prime) to be a prime which has a period that it shares with no other prime. For example: 3, 11, 37, and 101 are the only primes with periods one, two, three, and four respectively--so they are unique primes. But 41 and 271 both have period five, 7 and 13 both have period six, 239 and 4649 both have period seven, and each of 353, 449, 641, 1409, and 69857 have period thirty-two, showing that these primes are not unique primes.

As we would expect from any object labeled "unique," unique primes are extremely rare. For example, even though there are over 1047 primes below 1050, only eighteen of these primes are unique primes. We can find the unique primes using the following theorem.

Theorem.
The prime p is a unique prime of period n if and only if
is a power of p where is the nth cyclotomic polynomial.

(up) Record Primes of this Type

rankprime digitswhowhencomment
1Phi(23749, - 10) 20160 c47 Apr 2014 Unique, ECPP
2Phi(14943, - 100) 18688 c47 Mar 2014 Unique, ECPP
3Phi(18827, 10) 18480 c47 May 2014 Unique, ECPP
4Phi(26031, - 10) 17353 c47 Apr 2014 Unique, ECPP
5Phi(2949, - 100000000) 15713 c47 May 2013 Unique, ECPP
6Phi(5015, - 10000) 14848 c47 Apr 2013 Unique, ECPP
7Phi(13285, - 10) 10625 c47 Dec 2012 Unique, ECPP
8Phi(427, - 1028) 10081 FE9 May 2009 Unique, ECPP
9Phi(5161, - 100) 9505 c47 Dec 2012 Unique, ECPP
10Phi(6105, - 1000) 8641 c47 Jan 2010 Unique, ECPP
11Phi(4667, - 100) 8593 c47 Dec 2009 Unique, ECPP
12Phi(4029, - 1000) 7488 c47 Aug 2009 Unique, ECPP
13Phi(9455, - 10) 7200 c33 Jul 2005 Unique, ECPP
14Phi(1479, - 100000000) 7168 c47 Oct 2009 Unique, ECPP
15Phi(2405, - 10000) 6912 c47 Apr 2009 Unique, ECPP
16Phi(10887, 10) 6841 c33 May 2005 Unique, ECPP
17Phi(7357, - 10) 6301 c33 May 2004 Unique, ECPP
18Phi(6437, 10) 6240 c47 Nov 2008 Unique, ECPP
19Phi(6685, - 10) 4560 c8 Mar 2003 Unique, ECPP
20Phi(3273, - 100) 4361 c8 Apr 2003 Unique, ECPP

(up) References

Caldwell97
C. Caldwell, "Unique (period) primes and the factorization of cyclotomic polynomial minus one," Mathematica Japonica, 46:1 (1997) 189--195.  MR 99b:11139 (Abstract available)
CD1998
C. Caldwell and H. Dubner, "Unique period primes," J. Recreational Math., 29:1 (1998) 43--48.
Yates1980
S. Yates, "Periods of unique primes," Math. Mag., 53:5 (1980) 314.
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