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Algebra and Number Theory - Sabanci University
The theory of finite fields has a long tradition in mathematics. Originating from problems in number theory (Euler, Gauss), the theory was first developed purely out of mathematical curiosity. For a long time, this theory was used exclusively in pure mathematics, in areas such as number theory, algebraic geometry, group theory, and so on, without any relevance to applications. The situation changed dramatically with the development of modern information technologies. Finite fields were recognized to provide a natural framework for a wide variety of applications, particularly in information transmission and data security.
There has been tremendous research activity in the last decades focusing on curves over finite fields, or equivalently algebraic function fields over finite fields. Interesting results were obtained, such as the construction (by A. Garcia and H. Stichtenoth) of explicit towers of function fields meeting the Drinfeld-Vladut bound.
The active, international collaboration of the Number Theory/Algebra Group is reflected by recent events such as "September Research on Curves over Finite Fields", the "SU Lecture Series on Coding Theory", and the ongoing "Semester on Curves, Codes and Cryptography".