Existence results for primitive elements in cubic and quartic extensions of a finite field. (arXiv:1707.02404v2 [math.NT] UPDATED)

With $\Fq$ the finite field of $q$ elements, we investigate the following question. If $\gamma$ generates $\Fqn$ over $\Fq$ and $\beta$ is a non-zero element of $\Fqn$, is there always an $a \in \Fq$ such that $\beta(\gamma + a)$ is a primitive element? We resolve this case when $n=3$, thereby proving a conjecture by Cohen. We also improve substantially on what is known when $n=4$. 查看全文>>