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- PublicationPrincipal forms X-2 + nY^2 representing many integersIn 1966, Shanks and Schmid investigated the asymptotic behavior of the number of positive integers less than or equal to x which are represented by the quadratic form X-2 + nY(2). Based on some numerical computations, they observed that the constant occurring in the main term appears to be the largest for n = 2. In this paper, we prove that in fact this constant is unbounded as n runs through positive integers with a fixed number of prime divisors.
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