Finite Semifields, Semilinear Transformations and Skew Polynomial Rings

Speaker: John Sheekey (Sch. Math. Sci., UCD)

Time: 3:00PM
Date: Mon 24th January 2011

Location: Mathematical Sciences Seminar Room

Finite semifields are division algebras in which multiplication is not assumed to be associative. The number of semifields of a given order (up to isotopy) is known only up to size 243.

An interesting family of semifields are the Johnson-Jha semifields, which are constructed using irreducible semilinear transformations. In this talk we investigate the number of isotopy classes arising from this construction. We reinterpret these semifields in terms of skew polynomial rings, calculate the number of conjugacy classes of irreducible semilinear transformations, and provide a new upper bound for the number of isotopy classes.

(This talk is part of the Algebra/Claude Shannon Institute series.)