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On the 1-3-5 conjecture and related topics

Volume 193 / 2020

Hai-Liang Wu, Zhi-Wei Sun Acta Arithmetica 193 (2020), 253-268 MSC: Primary 11E25; Secondary 11D85, 11E20, 11F27, 11F37. DOI: 10.4064/aa180911-9-8 Published online: 6 February 2020

Abstract

The 1-3-5 conjecture of Z.-W. Sun states that any $n\in \mathbb N =\{0,1,2,\ldots \}$ can be written as $x^2+y^2+z^2+w^2$ with $w,x,y,z\in \mathbb N $ such that $x+3y+5z$ is a square. In this paper, via the theory of ternary quadratic forms and related modular forms, we study the integer version of the 1-3-5 conjecture and related weighted sums of four squares with certain linear restrictions. Here are two typical results in this paper: (i) There is a finite set $A$ of positive integers such that any sufficiently large integer not in the set $\{16^ka: a\in A, k\in \mathbb N \}$ can be written as $x^2+y^2+z^2+w^2$ with $x,y,z,w\in \mathbb Z $ and $x+3y+5z\in \{4^k: k\in \mathbb N \}$. (ii) Any positive integer can be written as $x^2+y^2+z^2+2w^2$ with $x,y,z,w\in \mathbb Z $ and $x+y+2z+2w=1$. Also, any sufficiently large integer can be written as $x^2+y^2+z^2+2w^2$ with $x,y,z,w\in \mathbb Z $ and $x+2y+3z=1$.

Authors

  • Hai-Liang WuDepartment of Mathematics
    Nanjing University
    Nanjing 210093, People’s Republic of China
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  • Zhi-Wei SunDepartment of Mathematics
    Nanjing University
    Nanjing 210093, People’s Republic of China
    e-mail

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