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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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Doctoral Dissertation


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Dr. Heide Gluesing-Luerssen


Cyclic orbit codes are subspace codes generated by the action of the Singer subgroup Fqn* on an Fq-subspace U of Fqn. The weight distribution of a code is the vector whose ith entry is the number of codewords with distance i to a fixed reference space in the code. My dissertation investigates the structure of the weight distribution for cyclic orbit codes. We show that for full-length orbit codes with maximal possible distance the weight distribution depends only on q,n and the dimension of U. For full-length orbit codes with lower minimum distance, we provide partial results towards a characterization of the weight distribution, especially in the case that any two codewords intersect in a space of dimension at most 2. We also briefly address the weight distribution of a union of full-length orbit codes with maximum distance.

A related problem is to find the automorphism group of a cyclic orbit code, which plays a role in determining the isometry classes of the set of all cyclic orbit codes. First we show that the automorphism group of a cyclic orbit code is contained in the normalizer of the Singer subgroup if the orbit is generated by a subspace that is not contained in a proper subfield of Fqn. We then generalize to orbits under the normalizer of the Singer subgroup, although in this setup there is a remaining exceptional case. Finally, we can characterize linear isometries between such codes.

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