de Bruijn–Newman constant

The De Bruijn–Newman constant, denoted by Λ and named after Nicolaas Govert de Bruijn and Charles M. Newman, is a mathematical constant defined via the zeros of a certain function H(λz), where λ is a real parameter and z is a complex variable. More precisely,


where is the super-exponentially decaying function


and Λ is the unique real number with the property that H has only real zeros if and only if λ ≥ Λ.

The constant is closely connected with Riemann's hypothesis concerning the zeros of the Riemann zeta-function: since the Riemann hypothesis is equivalent to the claim that all the zeroes of H(0, z) are real, the Riemann hypothesis is equivalent to the conjecture that Λ ≤ 0.[1] Brad Rodgers and Terence Tao proved that Λ < 0 can not be true, so Riemann's hypothesis is equivalent to Λ = 0.[2] A simplified proof of the Rodgers-Tao result was later given by Alexander Dobner.[3]


De Bruijn showed in 1950 that H has only real zeros if λ ≥ 1/2, and moreover, that if H has only real zeros for some λ, H also has only real zeros if λ is replaced by any larger value.[4] Newman proved in 1976 the existence of a constant Λ for which the "if and only if" claim holds; and this then implies that Λ is unique. Newman also conjectured that Λ ≥ 0.[5]

Upper boundsEdit

De Bruijn's upper bound of   was not improved until 2008, when Ki, Kim and Lee proved  , making the inequality strict.[6]

In December 2018, the 15th Polymath project improved the bound to  ,[7][8][9]. A manuscript of the Polymath work was submitted to arXiv in late April 2019,[10] and was published in the journal Research In the Mathematical Sciences in August 2019.[11]

This bound was further slightly improved in April 2020 by Platt and Trudgian to  .[12]

Historical lower boundsEdit

Year Lower bound on Λ
1987 −50[13]
1990 −5[14]
1992 −0.385[15]
1991 −0.0991[16]
1993 −5.895×10−9[17]
1994 −4.379×10−6[18]
2000 −2.7×10−9[19]
2011 −1.1×10−11[20]
2018 0[2]


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  3. ^ Dobner, Alexander (2020). "A New Proof of Newman's Conjecture and a Generalization".
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  6. ^ Haseo Ki and Young-One Kim and Jungseob Lee (2009), "On the de Bruijn–Newman constant" (PDF), Advances in Mathematics, 222 (1): 281–306, doi:10.1016/j.aim.2009.04.003, ISSN 0001-8708, MR 2531375 (discussion).
  7. ^ D.H.J. Polymath (20 December 2018), Effective approximation of heat flow evolution of the Riemann  -function, and an upper bound for the de Bruijn-Newman constant (PDF) (preprint), retrieved 23 December 2018
  8. ^ Going below  
  9. ^ Zero-free regions
  10. ^ Polymath, D.H.J. (2019). "Effective approximation of heat flow evolution of the Riemann ξ function, and a new upper bound for the de Bruijn-Newman constant". arXiv:1904.12438 [math.NT].(preprint)
  11. ^ Polymath, D.H.J. (2019), "Effective approximation of heat flow evolution of the Riemann ξ function, and a new upper bound for the de Bruijn-Newman constant", Research in the Mathematical Sciences, 6 (3), arXiv:1904.12438, Bibcode:2019arXiv190412438P, doi:10.1007/s40687-019-0193-1, S2CID 139107960
  12. ^ Platt, Dave; Trudgian, Tim (2020). "The Riemann hypothesis is true up to  ". arXiv:2004.09765 [math.NT].(preprint)
  13. ^ Csordas, G.; Norfolk, T. S.; Varga, R. S. (1987-09-01). "A low bound for the de Bruijn-newman constant Λ". Numerische Mathematik. 52 (5): 483–497. doi:10.1007/BF01400887. ISSN 0945-3245. S2CID 124008641.
  14. ^ te Riele, H. J. J. (1990-12-01). "A new lower bound for the de Bruijn-Newman constant". Numerische Mathematik. 58 (1): 661–667. doi:10.1007/BF01385647. ISSN 0945-3245.
  15. ^ Norfolk, T. S.; Ruttan, A.; Varga, R. S. (1992). Gonchar, A. A.; Saff, E. B. (eds.). "A Lower Bound for the de Bruijn-Newman Constant Λ. II". Progress in Approximation Theory. Springer Series in Computational Mathematics. New York, NY: Springer. 19: 403–418. doi:10.1007/978-1-4612-2966-7_17. ISBN 978-1-4612-2966-7.
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  17. ^ Csordas, G.; Odlyzko, A.M.; Smith, W.; Varga, R.S. (1993). "A new Lehmer pair of zeros and a new lower bound for the De Bruijn–Newman constant Lambda" (PDF). Electronic Transactions on Numerical Analysis. 1: 104–111. Zbl 0807.11059. Retrieved June 1, 2012.
  18. ^ Csordas, George; Smith, Wayne; Varga, Richard S. (1994-03-01). "Lehmer pairs of zeros, the de Bruijn-Newman constant Λ, and the Riemann Hypothesis". Constructive Approximation. 10 (1): 107–129. doi:10.1007/BF01205170. ISSN 1432-0940. S2CID 122664556.
  19. ^ Odlyzko, A.M. (2000). "An improved bound for the de Bruijn–Newman constant". Numerical Algorithms. 25 (1): 293–303. Bibcode:2000NuAlg..25..293O. doi:10.1023/A:1016677511798. S2CID 5824729. Zbl 0967.11034.
  20. ^ Saouter, Yannick; Gourdon, Xavier; Demichel, Patrick (2011). "An improved lower bound for the de Bruijn–Newman constant". Mathematics of Computation. 80 (276): 2281–2287. doi:10.1090/S0025-5718-2011-02472-5. MR 2813360.

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