Carmichael number

The composite integer n is a Carmichael number if an-1=1 (mod n) for every integer a relatively prime to n. (This condition is satisfied by all primes because of Fermat's Little Theorem.) The Fermat probable primality test will fail to show a Carmichael number is composite until we run across one of its factors!

The Carmichael numbers under 100,000 are

561, 1105, 1729, 2465, 2821, 6601, 8911, 10585, 15841, 29341, 41041, 46657, 52633, 62745, 63973, and 75361.

Small Carmichael numbers are rare: there are only 2,163 are less than 25,000,000,000. (Recently, Richard Pinch has found that there are still only 246,683 Carmichael numbers below 10,000,000,000,000,000.) Nevertheless, in 1994 it was proved that there are infinitely many of them!

See Also: Pseudoprime, PRP


AGP94 (Infinitely many Carmichael numbers)
W. R. Alford, A. Granville and C. Pomerance, "There are infinitely many Carmichael numbers," Ann. of Math. (2), 139 (1994) 703--722.  MR 95k:11114
A. Granville and C. Pomerance, "Two contradictory conjectures concerning Carmichael numbers," Math. Comp., 71 (2002) 883--908.  MR 1 885 636 (Abstract available)
R. Pinch, "The Carmichael numbers up to 1015," Math. Comp., 61:203 (1993) 381-391.  MR 93m:11137
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