Finite Fields

Finite Fields : Normal Bases and Completely Free Elements

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Finite Fields are fundamental structures of Discrete Mathematics. They serve as basic data structures in pure disciplines like Finite Geometries and Combinatorics, and also have aroused much interest in applied disciplines like Coding Theory and Cryptography. A look at the topics of the proceed- ings volume of the Third International Conference on Finite Fields and Their Applications (Glasgow, 1995) (see [18]), or at the list of references in I. E. Shparlinski's book [47] (a recent extensive survey on the Theory of Finite Fields with particular emphasis on computational aspects), shows that the area of Finite Fields goes through a tremendous development. The central topic of the present text is the famous Normal Basis Theo- rem, a classical result from field theory, stating that in every finite dimen- sional Galois extension E over F there exists an element w whose conjugates under the Galois group of E over F form an F-basis of E (i. e. , a normal basis of E over F; w is called free in E over F). For finite fields, the Nor- mal Basis Theorem has first been proved by K. Hensel [19] in 1888. Since normal bases in finite fields in the last two decades have been proved to be very useful for doing arithmetic computations, at present, the algorithmic and explicit construction of (particular) such bases has become one of the major research topics in Finite Field Theory.
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  • Hardback | 171 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 12.7mm | 980g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1997 ed.
  • XII, 171 p.
  • 0792398513
  • 9780792398516

Table of contents

Preface. I: Introduction and Outline. 1. The Normal Basis Theorem. 2. A Strengthening of the Normal Basis Theorem. 3. Preliminaries on Finite Fields. 4. A Reduction Theorem. 5. Particular Extensions of Prime Power Degree. 6. An Outline. II: Module Structures in Finite Fields. 7. On Modules over Principal Ideal Domains. 8. Cyclic Galois Extensions. 9. Algorithms for Determining Free Elements. 10. Cyclotomic Polynomials. III: Simultaneous Module Structures. 11. Subgroups Respecting Various Module Structures. 12. Decompositions Respecting Various Module Structures. 13. Extensions of Prime Power Degree (1). IV: The Existence of Completely Free Elements. 14. The Two-Field Problem. 15. Admissibility. 16. Extendability. 17. Extensions of Prime Power Degree (2). V: A Decomposition Theory. 18. Suitable Polynomials. 19. Decompositions of Completely Free Elements. 20. Regular Extensions. 21. Enumeration. VI: Explicit Constructions. 22. Strongly Regular Extensions. 23. Exceptional Cases. 24. Constructions in Regular Extensions. 25. Product Constructions. 26. Iterative Constructions. 27. Polynomial Constructions. References. List of Symbols. Index.
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