Recall the Lucas Lehmer primality test for Mersenne primes which claims the following:

is prime iff

where and .

Does anyone know the details to the proof of this important theorem? I've been trying to work it out on my own, but its tough.

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- June 21st 2010, 08:15 AMjamixLucas-Lehmer test (proof)
Recall the Lucas Lehmer primality test for Mersenne primes which claims the following:

is prime iff

where and .

Does anyone know the details to the proof of this important theorem? I've been trying to work it out on my own, but its tough. - June 21st 2010, 08:16 AMchiph588@
- June 21st 2010, 10:53 AMjamix
The proof on wiki was much easier to follow than many others I've seen, thanks. Who would have though that one could consider the orders of elements in the integral domain in order to solve this!?

Thanks again. - June 21st 2010, 06:26 PMjamix
I'm finding that for prime Mersennes , one doesn't necessarily need to have in order for .

Consider the prime for instance. If is in the following set we have that .

{3,4,10,18,21,27,37,38,43,44,46,49,51,52,54,63,64, 73,75,76,78,81,83,84,89,90,100,106,109,117,123,124 }

I'm guessing there is a probalistic reason for this occurence. Anyone wanna try to work through it with me?