In this paper, by employing Weil’s Theorem on multiplicative character sums, an intermediate algebraic consequence on the existence bound of an element satisfying certain cyclotomic conditions in a finite field is proposed. In many cases, this approach improves the bound due to Buratti and Pasotti (Finite Fields Appl 15(3), 332–344, 2009), which can be widely used for showing the asymptotic existence of combinatorial designs with point-regular automorphisms. Moreover, this approach is applied to improving the existence bound for grid-block difference families, which can be regarded as generalizations of difference families.
- Difference family
- Grid-block design
- Weil’s Theorem on multiplicative character sums