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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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### 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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### Which sets of roots of unity give a polynomial with nonnegative coefficients?

The question in brief:   When does a subset $S$ of the complex $n$th roots of unity have the property that $$\prod_{\alpha\, \in \,S} (z-\alpha)$$ gives a polynomial in $\mathbb R[z]$ with ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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 ...
### How to calculate $N_{L/k}$(roots of unity)?
Suppose that $L/k$ is a Galois extension of number fields and that $G$ is the corresponding Galois group. Further, for $\frak p$ a prime ideal of $\cal O$$_L$, let $K=L^{G(\frak p)}$, where [$L$ : $K$...