### Andrej Dujella and Tomislav Pejković

Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
e-mail: duje@math.hr

Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
e-mail: pejkovic@math.hr

Abstract.   We study root separation of reducible monic integer polynomials of odd degree. Let H(P) be the naïve height, sep(P) the minimal distance between two distinct roots of an integer polynomial P(x) and sep(P) = H(P)-e(P). Let er*(d) = lim supdeg(P)=d, H(P)→+∞ e(P), where the lim sup is taken over the reducible monic integer polynomials P(x) of degree d. We prove that er*(d) ≤ d - 2. We also obtain a lower bound for er*(d) for d odd, which improves previously known lower bounds for er*(d) when d ∈ {5, 7, 9}.

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification.   11C08, 12D10, 11B37.

Key words and phrases.   Integer polynomials, root separation.

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