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A curious Gauss-Sum type identity

Let $q=e^{2\pi i/m}$, $a\in\mathbb{R}$ and $1\leq j\leq m-1$. I would like to prove that: $$(a-1)\sum_{n=0}^{m-1} q^n\frac{\prod_{k=0}^{j-2} (q^{n+k+1}-a)}{\prod_{k=0}^{j} (aq^{n+k}-1)}=0.$$ For ...
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q-th powers and roots of polynomials

Let $p,q,r$ be integers with $r\ge2$; let $f$ be a polynomial of the form $f(X) = g((X+1)^r)$, which is not a $q$-th power. Let $\omega$ be a $p$-th root of unity. Show that the polynomial ...
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Condensation points of orbits of roots of unity

For a fixed $n\in \mathbb{N}$ we consider the set of $n$-roots of unity $R(n)=\{z\in S^1; z^n=1\}$. It splits into mutually disjoint orbits. Let $R=\bigcup_{n=0}^{\infty} R(2^n-1)$. For each orbit in ...
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Independent units in pure number fields $\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt[p]{t})$

Theorem: In this paper of Frei and Levesque, they correct the proof of a result of Halter-Koch and Stender: Define the real pure algebraic number field $\mathbb{K}=\mathbb{Q}(\omega_n)$ for ...
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Probability a polynomial has a root which is a root of unity

Consider a degree $n$ polynomial $P(x)$ with coefficients $c_i \in \{-1,0,1\}$ chosen uniformly and independently. What is the probability that $P(x)$ has a root which is a root of unity? ...
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An algebraic number is not a root of unity?

This problem is related to my study of the Burau representation of the braid group $B_3$: I was trying to show that certain "congruence subgroups" are of infinite index. There is an approach that ...
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Minimal polynomial of sums of roots of unity with constant term $\pm1$

Let prime $p$ and given $\zeta_p = e^{2\pi i/p}$. It is well-known that the minimal polynomial of $x = \zeta_p + \zeta_p^{p-1}$ has a constant term either $\pm 1$ and, for certain $p$, the sum of ...
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Are all sums of subsets of roots of unity unique?

For a prime $p$, let $S$ be the set of all $p$-roots of unity in the complex plane. Now, consider the sum, $W(R)$ of the members of a set $R$ which is a proper subset of $S$. I suspect that $R \ne R'$ ...
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Products of primitive roots of the unity

Let $m>2$ be an integer and $k=\varphi(m)$ be the number of $m$-th primitive roots of the unity. Let $\Phi = \{ \xi_1, \ldots, \xi_{k/2}\} $ be a set of $k/2$ pairwise distinct primitive $m$-th ...
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Diophantine equation with primitive nth root of unity

Fix an $n$th primitive root of unity $\xi$. I need to understand if we can characterize in an easy way all the solutions $k \in \mathbb{Z}$ of the equation $\left|1-\left(-\frac{\xi^k - ...
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Can the sum of two roots of unity be a root of unity?

Let $p$ be prime, and $z_0, z_1, ..., z_{p-1}$ be all the $p$-th roots of unity, i.e. solutions of the equation $z^p = 1.$ Is it true or false that a combination of two (or more, in general) of the ...
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Primitive $k$th root of unity in a finite field $\mathbb{F}_p$

I am given a prime $p$ and another number $k$ ($k$ is likely a power of $2$). I want an efficient algorithm to find the $k$th root of unity in the field $\mathbb{F}_p$. Can someone tell me how to do ...
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Rational viewing points in a polygon

We refer to the question posed in Seeing the vertices of a polygon with rational angles, but now ask for constructions or for the existence of rational viewing points. We'll call a point $p$ inside ...
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Sum of products of p-th powers of roots of 1 and monomial symmetric functions

Hello mathematicians, i'm looking for explicit computations of expressions like $$ \sum_{\substack{0\leq i,j,k<n\\i\neq j\neq k \neq i}}\zeta_n^{ip^{k_1}+jp^{k_2}+kp^{k_3}} $$ and its ...
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nontrivial cube root of unity [closed]

Hi, I have a finite field Fp with p = 11 mod(12) and I am trying to get the third nontrivial root of unity in Fp^2 = Fp^2[x]/(x^2+1). So, i need x where x^3=1. Somehow I came into a source saying ...
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How small can a sum of a few roots of unity be?

Let $n$ be a large natural number, and let $z_1, \ldots, z_{10}$ be (say) ten $n^{th}$ roots of unity: $z_1^n = \ldots = z_{10}^n = 1$. Suppose that the sum $S = z_1+\ldots+z_{10}$ is non-zero. How ...
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Looking for product of symmetric polynomials evaluated at roots of unity

Consider $a_{1} = \alpha^{N-n}, a_{2} = \alpha^{N-n+1}, a_{3} = \alpha^{N-n+2}, a_{4} = \alpha^{N-n+3}, \cdots, a_{n} = \alpha^{N-1}$ where $\alpha$ is a complex $N$th root of unity where $N = 2 + ...