# Superperfect number

In mathematics, a superperfect number is a positive integer n that satisfies

$\displaystyle{ \sigma^2(n)=\sigma(\sigma(n))=2n\, , }$

where σ is the divisor summatory function. Superperfect numbers are a generalization of perfect numbers. The term was coined by D. Suryanarayana (1969).

The first few superperfect numbers are :

2, 4, 16, 64, 4096, 65536, 262144, 1073741824, ... (sequence A019279 in the OEIS).

To illustrate: it can be seen that 16 is a superperfect number as σ(16) = 1 + 2 + 4 + 8 + 16 = 31, and σ(31) = 1 + 31 = 32, thus σ(σ(16)) = 32 = 2 × 16.

If n is an even superperfect number, then n must be a power of 2, 2k, such that 2k+1 − 1 is a Mersenne prime.

It is not known whether there are any odd superperfect numbers. An odd superperfect number n would have to be a square number such that either n or σ(n) is divisible by at least three distinct primes. There are no odd superperfect numbers below 7×1024.

## Generalizations

Perfect and superperfect numbers are examples of the wider class of m-superperfect numbers, which satisfy

$\displaystyle{ \sigma^m(n) = 2n , }$

corresponding to m=1 and 2 respectively. For m ≥ 3 there are no even m-superperfect numbers.

The m-superperfect numbers are in turn examples of (m,k)-perfect numbers which satisfy

$\displaystyle{ \sigma^m(n)=kn\, . }$

With this notation, perfect numbers are (1,2)-perfect, multiperfect numbers are (1,k)-perfect, superperfect numbers are (2,2)-perfect and m-superperfect numbers are (m,2)-perfect. Examples of classes of (m,k)-perfect numbers are:

m k (m,k)-perfect numbers OEIS sequence
2 2 2, 4, 16, 64, 4096, 65536, 262144 A019279
2 3 8, 21, 512 A019281
2 4 15, 1023, 29127 A019282
2 6 42, 84, 160, 336, 1344, 86016, 550095, 1376256, 5505024 A019283
2 7 24, 1536, 47360, 343976 A019284
2 8 60, 240, 960, 4092, 16368, 58254, 61440, 65472, 116508, 466032, 710400, 983040, 1864128, 3932160, 4190208, 67043328, 119304192, 268173312, 1908867072 A019285
2 9 168, 10752, 331520, 691200, 1556480, 1612800, 106151936 A019286
2 10 480, 504, 13824, 32256, 32736, 1980342, 1396617984, 3258775296 A019287
2 11 4404480, 57669920, 238608384 A019288
2 12 2200380, 8801520, 14913024, 35206080, 140896000, 459818240, 775898880, 2253189120 A019289
3 any 12, 14, 24, 52, 98, 156, 294, 684, 910, 1368, 1440, 4480, 4788, 5460, 5840, ... A019292
4 any 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 26, 32, 39, 42, 60, 65, 72, 84, 96, 160, 182, ... A019293