Mathematika

Research Article

On the quintic character of 2

Helen Popova Aldersona1

a1 7, Highfield Avenue, Cambridge.

Criteria for 2 to be an e-th power residue of a prime

p ≡ 1 (mod e = ef+1,

have been obtained in various forms for e = 2, 3, 5. Euler proved the well known result that 2 is a quadratic residue of a prime p ≡ ± l (mod 8). Dickson [1] showed that 2 is a cubic residue of p ≡ 1 (mod 3) if and only if p = L2+27M2 is soluble in integers L, M.

(Received November 27 1963)