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A curious identity related to finite fields

To three elements $a_1$, $a_2$, $a_3$ in the finite field $\mathbb F_q$ of $q$ elements we associate the number $N(a_1,a_2,a_3)$ of elements $a_0\in \mathbb F_q$ such that the polynomial ...
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What is the function like when its Mobius inversion is $\sum_{w|r, (w,t)=1}\mu(w)q^{r/w}$?

Everyone, I am now reading a paper named The Irreducible Factors of $(cx+d)x^{q^m}-(ax+b)$ over $GF(q)$, http://qjmath.oxfordjournals.org/content/14/1/61.extract. And I’m confused with one of its ...
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Probability of coprime polynomials

Given positive integer $N$, we choose $m_1, m_2, n_1, n_2$ independently and with equal probabilities from $\{0,1,\ldots,N\}$, and let $f_1 = x^{m_1} + (1+x)^{n_1}$ and $f_2 = x^{m_2} + (1+x)^{n_2}$ ...
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When does a Bohr set have the right size?

Fix a set $ \Gamma\subset \mathbb F_p$, the field with $p$ elements and a parameter $\epsilon>0$. The Bohr set $B(\Gamma,\epsilon)$ consists of those $x$ for which $x\cdot \Gamma\subseteq[-\epsilon ...
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Equations of elliptic curves

First part of question I have asked on mathoverflow already: http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/467088/explict-form-of-the-equation-of-elliptic-curve 1) Let $E(\mathbb{F}_{q^2})$ is elliptic ...
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Closest sumset to a set

Suppose $A$ is a subset of the finite field with $p$ elements. What is the best approximation of $A$ by a sumset $B+C$ in the sense that $|A\Delta (B+C)|$ is minimal? Of course if $B=A-x$ and ...
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Are there Carlitz analogues of quadratic residues and reciprocity?

Let $q$ be a prime power. I will use the notations of Keith Conrad's Carlitz extensions paper (but I'll work over $\mathbb{F}_q$ rather than $\mathbb{F}_p$). The most general question I'm asking here ...
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Transferring addition and multiplication over finite fields to $\mathbb{Z}$

It seems to me that the most basic wisdom on why many number-theoretic conjectures are hard is because the interplay between addition and multiplication is subtle and delicate (much of the lay chatter ...
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A formula for a generator of the multiplicative group of $\mathbb{F}_p$ ?

Let $p$ be a prime. It is a common statement that the multiplicative group $(\mathbb{F}_p)^*$ of the prime field has no canonical generator. It is however no so easy to say exactly what this means, in ...
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Polynomials over $\mathbb F_2$ without zeros in $\mathbb F_2$ having an inverse series with support of large density.

Does there exist a sequence $A_n=A_n(x)\in\mathbb F_2[x]$ over the field $\mathbb F_2$ of two elements (represented by $0$ and $1$) such that $A_n(0)=A_n(1)=1$ and the inverse series ...
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Sum of densities of support of $A$ and $A^{-1}$ for $A=1+\dots\in \mathbb F_2[[x]]$

Let $A=1+\dots\in\mathbb F[[x]]$ be a (multiplicatively) invertible series over the field $\mathbb F_2$ of two elements. Writing $A=\sum_{n\geq 0}\alpha_n x^n$ and $\frac{1}{A}=\sum_{n\geq 0} ...
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Small geometric progression modulo N

An problem related to integer factorization using the General Number Field Sieve is the following: Let $N$ be a composite. Must there exist a 5-term geometric progression $\lbrace ...
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Quadratic reciprocity and Weil reciprocity theorem

I was told that Weil reciprocity theorem (one has two meromorphic function $f,g$ on a complex curve $C$, so $\prod\limits_{x\in C} g(x)^{ord_xf}=\prod\limits_{x\in C}f(x)^{ord_xg} \ $ where $ord_xf$ ...
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Source for embedding multiplicative group of an algebraic closure of a finite field?

It's easy to embed the (cyclic) multiplicative group of a finite field into the multiplicative group of $\mathbb{C}$ (or other algebraically closed field of characteristic 0): assign to a generator of ...
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Sums of powers mod p

For prime $p > 7$ with $p-1=rs$, $r>1$, $s>1$, let $A=\{x^r|x \in \mathbb{Z}_p\}$ and $B = \{x^s|x \in \mathbb{Z}_p\}$. If $g$ is a primitive root mod $p$ then $A = \{0\} \cup \{g^{ir}|0 \leq ...
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Counting points over over an algebraic set over finite field.

Let $q=p^n$. Let $C$ be an Artin schierer curve defined by $y^p-y=f(x)$ where $f(x) \in \mathbb{F}_{q}[x]$. Let $C_g$ be $y^p-y=f(x)$ where $x \in g(\mathbb{F}_{p^{n}})$ for some $g \in ...
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Is there an analogue of finite fields for products of two prime powers?

The collection of prime powers can be characterized in the following way: There is a field with $q$ elements if and only if $q$ is a prime power. Furthermore if it exists then this field is unique ...
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Truncated Exponential Series Modulo $p$: Deeper meaning for a Putnam Question.

Apparently B6 of the Putnam this year asked: Suppose $p$ is an odd prime. Prove that for $n\in \{0,1,2...p-1\}$, at least $\frac{p+1}{2}$ of the numbers $\sum^{p-1}_{k=0} k! n^{k}$ are not ...
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Exponential sums over finite fields with even characteristic

I am looking for an elementary evaluation (if one exists) of the exponential sum $$ G_r(a,b) = \sum_{x \in \mathbb{F}_{2^r}} \psi(ax^2 + bx), $$ where $a,b \in \mathbb{F}_{2^r}^*$ are both units, ...
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How does Tate verify his own conjecture for the Fermat hypersurface?

This question is about Tate's 1963 paper "Algebraic Cycles and Poles of Zeta Functions". Here he announces a conjecture (now known as "the Tate conjecture") which states that certain classes in the ...
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Irreducibility of some trinomials modulo $p$

Let $n>1$ be an integer. An old result of Selmer, See Theorem 1, page 289 in http://www.mscand.dk/article.php?id=1472, (If the link does not work try googling: ...
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Quadratic forms without common zeroes

A question which, I suppose, is as easy as abc for an expert. For a given finite field $F$ of odd characteristic (if needed, the characteristic is $3$ and the size of $F$ is large), do there exist two ...
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Finch's sequence over $\mathbb{F}_3$

In http://algo.inria.fr/csolve/seqmod3.pdf -- "Periodicity in sequences mod 3" Steven Finch (also cited in Sloane's OEIS A112683) defines the following sequences in $\mathbb{F}_3$: For each positive ...
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Given two linear operators A and B over a finite field, is there a third operator C whose kernel is the intersection of kernels of A and B?

Let $V$ be a finite dimensional linear space over a finite field $k$. Let $A$ and $B$ be two endomorphisms of $V$. Question 1. Is there an endomorphism $C$ of $V$, which is expressed in terms of ...
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Existence question on rational points on a curve

I am puzzled about the following question: Let C be a smooth, projective, absolutely irreducible curve defined over GF(q) and let g denote the genus of C. O is a rational point on C, and the divisor ...
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Number of irreducible polynomials with some coefficients fixed over a finite field

I am interested in the following problem: I have a finite field $F_q$, two positive integers $n>m$ and elements $a_1,...,a_m\in F_q$. How many of the polynomials ...
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roots of quadratic forms

This may be a very silly question, but I was wondering what is known about the roots of a quadratic form over variables $x_1,\ldots,x_n,y_1,\ldots,y_m$ in the finite field $\mathbb{F}_p$. I'm not ...
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Number of solutions of a linear equation in a small subset.

Let $p$ be a prime. Let $F_p$ be the finite field of $p$ elements. Let $A$ be a subset of $F_p$ of size $s$. Assume that $s > 2$ is polylogarithmic in $p$. Suppose that we want to count ...
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Roots of unity in different completions of a number field

For any field $k$, let $\mu(k)$ denote the roots of unity in $k$. Now let $k$ be a number field and let $v, w$ be non-archimedean primes of $k$ with distinct residual characteristics. Does there ...
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additive structure in a small multiplicative group of a finite field?

Let $p$ be a prime. Given a positive integer $n$, does there exist a $\beta$ in an extension of $F_p$ such that 1) If $F_p[\beta] = F_{p^N}$, then $N > n^n$; ( $\beta$ lies in a high extension) ...
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How to factorize X^n - 1 in Z/pZ?

How do I factorize a polynomial $X^n - 1$ over $\mathbb{F}_p$? In particular I need to find factors of the polynomial $X^{3^3 - 1} - 1 = X^{26} - 1$ over $\mathbb{F}_3$.
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A quadratic form

Let $q$ be a power of 2. Let $P$ be the set of polynomials in $F_q [x]$ of degree d or less. Let $\mathbb{Z}$ be the ring of integers. For any $f \in P$, let $\psi(f)$ be the number of distinct ...
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Local-globalism for similar matrices?

My background on number theory is very weak, so please bear with me... Given two matrices $A$ and $B$ in $\mathbb{Z}^{n\times n}$. Assume that for every prime $p$, the images of $A$ and $B$ in ...
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Counting solutions to x^{p+1}=y^4 in a finite field

I need to compute the number of solutions to the equation $x^{p+1} = y^4$ in the field with $p^2$ elements (for p sufficiently large). The form of the equation suggests to me that the solution would ...
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Behaviour of Zeta-function under Finite Morphism

Let X ---> Y be a finite surjective morphism of smooth, projective, connected varieties over a finite field F_q. Can one describe the zeta function Z(X, t) in terms of the zeta-function Z(Y,t) of ...
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A comprehensive overview of finite fields

I've read numerous introductions to finite fields, but I feel like my intuition about them is fairly lacking. Considering that finite fields are the the most "inert" objects in algebraic geometry, I ...
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Exhibit an explicit bijection between irreducible polynomials over finite fields and Lyndon words.

Let $q$ be a power of a prime. It's well-known that the function $B(n, q) = \frac{1}{n} \sum_{d | n} \mu \left( \frac{n}{d} \right) q^d$ counts both the number of irreducible polynomials of degree ...
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Equivalent Statements of Riemann Hypothesis in the Weil Conjectures

In the cohomological incarnation, the Riemann hypothesis part of the Weil conjectures for a smooth proper scheme of finite type over a finite field with q elements says that: the eigenvalues of ...