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Old 2012-09-19, 20:09   #1
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Question Are there infinitely many double Mersenne primes?

If Lenstra–Pomerance–Wagstaffs conjecture that there are infinitely many Mersenne primes is true, does this imply as well that there are infinitely many double Mersenne primes?

If so is it possible to estimate the density of them?
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Old 2012-09-19, 22:24   #2
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Just the opposite! The Lenstra-Pomerance-Wagstaff heuristic suggests that there are only finitely many double Mersenne primes. In particular, it says that with high probability we've discovered them all. (Does anyone want to crunch this number?)
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