Conway polynomials for finite fields: Conway polynomials were defined by R. Parker. Their purpose is to provide a standard notation for elements in a finite field GF(pn) with pn elements, p being a prime. This is for example used within computer algebra systems to have data of finite field elements which can easily be ported between different programs. The Conway polynomials are also used in data bases like the Modular Atlas character tables, this was the original motivation for their definition.
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