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Trying to evaluate this sum:

$$ S=\sum_{n=1}^\infty \ln(p_n^2)K_1(\ln(p_n^2)). $$ Here $p_n$ is the nth twin prime and $K_1$ is the modified bessel function of the second kind.

So one should be summing over $p=3,5,5,7,11,13,17,19,...$ $(5$ is double counted$).$

I want to show that $S<B$ where $B$ is Brun's constant. $B\approx1.902.$

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  • $\begingroup$ A proof that it has (or doesn't have) a closed form would likely require deciding whether there are infinitely many twin primes. $\endgroup$ – Robert Israel Aug 23 at 23:21
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I would be shocked if this series had any kind of closed form.

However, you don't need a closed form to prove that it's less than Brun's constant.

Compare the reciprocal function and your function:

Plot[{1/x,Log[x^2] BesselK[1,Log[x^2] ]},{x,2,10}]

enter image description here

Since all the terms are positive and the series converges, it's clear that $S<B$.

Proving the inequality which is apparent from the plot is not hard and can be done using the known properties of Bessel functions.

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