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A sieve problem over the Gaussian integers

Our main result is that there are infinitely many primes of the form a² + b² such that a² + 4b² has at most 5 prime factors. We prove this by first developing the theory of $L$functions for Gaussian primes by using standard methods. We then give an exposition of the SiegelWalfisz Theorem for Gaussian primes and a corresponding Prime Number Theorem for Gaussian Arithmetic Progressions. Finally, we prove the main result by using the developed theory together with Sieve Theory and specifically a weighted linear sieve result to bound the number of prime factors of a² + 4b². For the application of the sieve, we need to derive a specific version of the BombieriVinogradov Theorem for Gaussian primes which, in turn, requires a suitable version of the Large Sieve. We are also able to get the number of prime factors of a² + 4b² as low as 3 if we assume the Generalised Riemann Hypothesis.
