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Genus calculations for towers of function fields arising from equations of $C_{ab}$ curves

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Author(s): Caleb McKinley Shor

Journal: Albanian Journal of Mathematics
ISSN 1930-1235

Volume: 5;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 31;
Date: 2011;
Original page

ABSTRACT
We give a generalization of error-correcting code construction from $C_{ab}$ curves by working with towers of algebraic function fields. The towers are constructed recursively, using defining equations of $C_{ab}$ curves. In order to estimate the parameters of the corresponding one-point Goppa codes, one needs to calculate the genus. Instead of using the Hurwitz genus formula, for which one needs to know about ramification behavior, we use the Riemann-Roch theorem to get an upper bound for the genus by counting the number of Weierstrass gap numbers associated to a particular divisor. We provide a family of examples of towers which meet the bound.
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