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Proyecciones (Antofagasta)

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Proyecciones (Antofagasta) vol.30 no.3 Antofagasta dic. 2011 

Proyecciones Journal of Mathematics Vol. 30, No 3, pp. 295-302, December 2011. Universidad Católica del Norte Antofagasta - Chile


A Note on Büchi's Problem for p-adic numbers


Marianela Castillo

Universidad de Concepción, Chile



We prove that for any prime p and any integer k > 2, there exist in the ring Zp of p-adic integers arbitrarily long sequences whose sequence of k-th powers 1) has its k-th difference sequence equal to the constant sequence (k!); and 2) is not a sequence of consecutive k-th powers. This shows that the analogue of Buchi's problem for higher powers has a negative answer over Zp. This result for k = 2 was recently obtained by J. Browkin.

AMS Classification : 11D72, 11D88.


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Marianela Castillo

Universidad de Concepcion

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Received : March 2011. Accepted : September 2011

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