## Generalization of Ruderman's Problem to Imaginary Quadratic Fields

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##### Date

2012-04-13

##### Authors

Rundle, Robert John

##### Keyword

Exponential Diophantine equations , Number theory , ABC conjecture , Schmidt's Subspace theorem , Mathematics , Diophantine Equations

##### Abstract

In 1974, H. Ruderman posed the following question: If $(2^m-2^n)|(3^m-3^n)$, then does it follow that $(2^m-2^n)|(x^m-x^n)$ for every integer $x$? This problem is still open. However, in 2011, M. R. Murty and V. K. Murty showed that there are only finitely many $(m,n)$ for which the hypothesis holds. In this thesis, we examine two generalizations of this problem. The first is replacing 2 and 3 with arbitrary integers $a$ and $b$. The second is to replace 2 and 3 with arbitrary algebraic integers from an imaginary quadratic field. In both of these cases we have shown that there are only finitely many $(m,n)$ for which the hypothesis holds. To get the second result we also generalized a result by Bugeaud, Corvaja and Zannier from the integers to imaginary quadratic fields. In the last half of the thesis we use the abc conjecture and some related conjectures to study some exponential Diophantine equations. We study the Pillai conjecture and the Erd\"{o}s-Woods conjecture and show that they are implied by the abc conjecture and that when we use an effective version, very clean bounds for the conjectures are implied.