## Preprints (rote Reihe) des Fachbereich Mathematik

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A Remark on Primes of the Form \(2^{3n}a + 2^{2n}b+2^nc+1\). Necessary and sufficient conditions for the numbers in the title to be prime are given. The tests are well suited for practical purposes.

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We present a generalization of Proth's theorem for testing certain large integers for primality. The use of Gauß sums leads to a much simpler approach to these primality criteria as compared to the earlier tests. The running time of the algorithms is bounded by a polynomial in the length of the input string. The applicability of our algorithms is linked to certain diophantine approximations of \(l\)-adic roots of unity.