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TR23-116 | 12th August 2023 18:38
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#### Effective Bounds for Restricted $3$-Arithmetic Progressions in $\mathbb{F}_p^n$

**Abstract:**
For a prime $p$, a restricted arithmetic progression in $\mathbb{F}_p^n$ is a triplet of vectors $x, x+a, x+2a$ in which the common difference $a$ is a non-zero element from $\{0,1,2\}^n$. What is the size of the largest $A\subseteq \mathbb{F}_p^n$ that is free of restricted arithmetic progressions? We show that the density of any such set is at most $\frac{C}{(\log\log\log n)^c}$, where $c,C>0$ depend only on $p$, giving the first reasonable bounds for the density of such sets. Previously, the best known bound was $O(1/\log^{*} n)$, which follows from the density Hales-Jewett theorem.