This paper contains a self-contained, minimal computational account of Cohen's 1990 theorem that there exists a primitive element of a given finite field with arbitrary prescribed trace over a subfield. The only non-trivial exception is that there is no primitive element in the 64-element field with trace zero over the 4-element field. The original proof was deduced from a number of results on different themes, involving more computation and direct verification. Consequently, the proof is more in tune with current general approaches to the 1992 Hansen-Mullen primitivity conjecture.
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||Southeast Asian Bulletin of Mathematics|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|