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The multiplicative group of a finite field is cyclic

Today, we are going to prove that if $F$ is a finite field, the the multiplicative group $F^\times$ of $F$ is a cyclic group. Let’s start with an example of this phenomenon. Take $\F_5 = \{0,1,2,3,4\}$. Now, if we take powers of $2$ modulo $5$ we get $$2,2^2=4,2^3 = 3, 2^4 = 1.$$ Therefore, we […]

All set endomorphisms of a finite field are polynomial

Let $F$ be a finite field. Did you know that given any function $\varphi:F\to F$, there exists a polynomial $p\in F[x]$ such that $\varphi(a) = p(a)$ for all $a\in F$? It’s not hard to produce such the required polynomial: $$ p(x) = \sum_{a\in F} \left( \varphi(a)\prod_{b\not= a}(x – b)\prod_{b\not=a}(a-b)^{-1} \prod \right)$$ This works because every […]

Strasbourg 2012 Part 2: Rigid Cohomology

In Strasbourg Part 1, I promised to deliver a few summaries of the minicourses given at the special week hosted at the Institut de Recherche Mathématique Avancée. In the next few posts, I will highlight a few things that occurred in Bernard le Stum‘s lectures on rigid cohomology. My posts are not meant to be […]