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The difference between permutation polynomials over finite fields. (English) Zbl 0827.11074
The authors generalize the recent solution, by S. D. Cohen, of the 1968 Chowla-Zassenhaus conjecture, which says that, if \(f(x)\), \(g(x)\) are integral polynomials of degree \(n\geq 2\) and a prime \(p\) exceeds \((n^2- 3n+ 4)^2\), for which \(f\) and \(g\) are both permutation polynomials over the finite field \(\mathbb{F}_p\), then their difference \(h= f-g\) cannot be such that \(h(x)= cx\) for some integer \(c\), not divisible by \(p\). The authors of the paper under review prove that, if \(h\) is not constant in \(\mathbb{F}_p\) and \(t\) is the degree of \(h\), then \(t\geq 3n/5\), and \(\text{gcd} (t,n)=1\) whenever \(t\leq n-3\). The authors observe that their result provides some kind of measure of the isolation of permutation polynomials of the same degree over large prime fields.
Reviewer: R.Mollin (Calgary)

11T06 Polynomials over finite fields
12E20 Finite fields (field-theoretic aspects)
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