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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.

It is possible to generalize this to other bases: A prime p is a unique prime in base b, if and only if, for some integer n, it is the only prime divisor of Φn(b) which does not divide n (and it may occur as a prime power). For example, the Gaussian Mersenne norms (other than 5) all have the form

2n ± 2(n+1)/2 +1.
Since Φ4(x) = x2+1, these can be written as Φ4(2(n+1)/2± 1)/2, showing these are all generalized unique primes.

(up) Record Primes of this Type

>rankprime digitswhowhencomment
1Phi(3, - 123447524288) 5338805 L4561 Feb 2017 Generalized unique
2215317227 + 27658614 + 1 4610945 L5123 Jul 2020 Gaussian Mersenne norm 41?, generalized unique
3Phi(3, - 143332393216) 4055114 L4506 Jan 2017 Generalized unique
4Phi(3, - 844833262144) 3107335 L4506 Jan 2017 Generalized unique
5Phi(3, - 712012262144) 3068389 L4506 Jan 2017 Generalized unique
6Phi(3, - 558640196608) 2259865 L4506 Jan 2017 Generalized unique
7Phi(3, - 237804196608) 2114016 L4506 Jan 2017 Generalized unique
8Phi(3, - 1082083131072) 1581846 L4506 Jan 2017 Generalized unique
9Phi(3, - 843575131072) 1553498 L4506 Jan 2017 Generalized unique
10Phi(3, - 362978131072) 1457490 p379 May 2015 Generalized unique
1124792057 - 22396029 + 1 1442553 L3839 Apr 2014 Gaussian Mersenne norm 40?, generalized unique
12Phi(3, - 192098131072) 1385044 p379 Feb 2015 Generalized unique
13Phi(3, - 120211398304) 1195366 L4506 Dec 2016 Generalized unique
14Phi(3, - 111081598304) 1188622 L4506 Dec 2016 Generalized unique
15Phi(3, - 70021998304) 1149220 L4506 Dec 2016 Generalized unique
16Phi(3, - 66095598304) 1144293 L4506 Dec 2016 Generalized unique
17Phi(3, - 53538698304) 1126302 L4506 Dec 2016 Generalized unique
1823704053 + 21852027 + 1 1115032 L3839 Sep 2014 Gaussian Mersenne norm 39?, generalized unique
19Phi(3, - 40651598304) 1102790 L4506 Dec 2016 Generalized unique
20Phi(3, 31118781 + 1)/3 1067588 L3839 Mar 2014 Generalized unique

(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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