# Paley construction

In mathematics, the Paley construction is a method for constructing Hadamard matrices using finite fields. The construction was described in 1933 by the English mathematician Raymond Paley.

The Paley construction uses quadratic residues in a finite field GF(q) where q is a power of an odd prime number. There are two versions of the construction depending on whether q is congruent to 1 or 3 (mod 4).

## Quadratic character and Jacobsthal matrix

The quadratic character χ(a) indicates whether the given finite field element a is a perfect square. Specifically, χ(0) = 0, χ(a) = 1 if a = b2 for some non-zero finite field element b, and χ(a) = −1 if a is not the square of any finite field element. For example, in GF(7) the non-zero squares are 1 = 12 = 62, 4 = 22 = 52, and 2 = 32 = 42. Hence χ(0) = 0, χ(1) = χ(2) = χ(4) = 1, and χ(3) = χ(5) = χ(6) = −1.

The Jacobsthal matrix Q for GF(q) is the q×q matrix with rows and columns indexed by finite field elements such that the entry in row a and column b is χ(a − b). For example, in GF(7), if the rows and columns of the Jacobsthal matrix are indexed by the field elements 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, then

$Q = \begin{bmatrix} 0 & -1 & -1 & 1 & -1 & 1 & 1\\ 1 & 0 & -1 & -1 & 1 & -1 & 1\\ 1 & 1 & 0 & -1 & -1 & 1 & -1\\ -1 & 1 & 1 & 0 & -1 & -1 & 1\\ 1 & -1 & 1 & 1 & 0 & -1 & -1\\ -1 & 1 & -1 & 1 & 1 & 0 & -1\\ -1 & -1 & 1 & -1 & 1 & 1 & 0\end{bmatrix}.$

The Jacobsthal matrix has the properties QQT = qI − J and QJ = JQ = 0 where I is the q×q identity matrix and J is the q×q all-1 matrix. If q is congruent to 1 (mod 4) then −1 is a square in GF(q) which implies that Q is a symmetric matrix. If q is congruent to 3 (mod 4) then −1 is not a square, and Q is a skew-symmetric matrix. When q is a prime number, Q is a circulant matrix. That is, each row is obtained from the row above by cyclic permutation.

## Paley construction I

If q is congruent to 3 (mod 4) then

$H=I+\begin{bmatrix} 0 & j^T\\ -j & Q\end{bmatrix}$

is a Hadamard matrix of size q + 1. Here j is the all-1 column vector of length q and I is the (q+1)×(q+1) identity matrix. The matrix H is a skew Hadamard matrix, which means it satisfies H+HT = 2I.

## Paley construction II

If q is congruent to 1 (mod 4) then the matrix obtained by replacing all 0 entries in

$\begin{bmatrix} 0 & j^T\\ j & Q\end{bmatrix}$

with the matrix

$\begin{bmatrix} 1 & -1\\ -1 & -1\end{bmatrix}$

and all entries ±1 with the matrix

$\pm\begin{bmatrix} 1 & 1\\ 1 & -1\end{bmatrix}$

is a Hadamard matrix of size 2(q + 1). It is a symmetric Hadamard matrix.

## Examples

Applying Paley Construction I to the Jacobsthal matrix for GF(7), one produces the 8×8 Hadamard matrix,

11111111
-1--1-11
-11--1-1
-111--1-
--111--1
-1-111--
--1-111-
---1-111.


For an example of the Paley II construction when q is a prime power rather than a prime number, consider GF(9). This is an extension field of GF(3) obtained by adjoining a root of an irreducible quadratic. Different irreducible quadratics produce equivalent fields. Choosing x2+x−1 and letting a be a root of this polynomial, the nine elements of GF(9) may be written 0, 1, −1, a, a+1, a−1, −a, −a+1, −a−1. The non-zero squares are 1 = (±1)2, −a+1 = (±a)2, a−1 = (±(a+1))2, and −1 = (±(a−1))2. The Jacobsthal matrix is

$Q = \begin{bmatrix} 0 & 1 & 1 & -1 & -1 & 1 & -1 & 1 & -1\\ 1 & 0 & 1 & 1 & -1 & -1 & -1 & -1 & 1\\ 1 & 1 & 0 & -1 & 1 & -1 & 1 & -1 & -1\\ -1 & 1 & -1 & 0 & 1 & 1 & -1 & -1 & 1\\ -1 & -1 & 1 & 1 & 0 & 1 & 1 & -1 & -1\\ 1 & -1 & -1 & 1 & 1 & 0 & -1 & 1 & -1\\ -1 & -1 & 1 & -1 & 1 & -1 & 0 & 1 & 1\\ 1 & -1 & -1 & -1 & -1 & 1 & 1 & 0 & 1\\ -1 & 1 & -1 & 1 & -1 & -1 & 1 & 1 & 0\end{bmatrix}.$

It is a symmetric matrix consisting of nine 3×3 circulant blocks. Paley Construction II produces the symmetric 20×20 Hadamard matrix,

1- 111111 111111 111111
-- 1-1-1- 1-1-1- 1-1-1-

11 1-1111 ----11 --11--
1- --1-1- -1-11- -11--1
11 111-11 11---- ----11
1- 1---1- 1--1-1 -1-11-
11 11111- --11-- 11----
1- 1-1--- -11--1 1--1-1

11 --11-- 1-1111 ----11
1- -11--1 --1-1- -1-11-
11 ----11 111-11 11----
1- -1-11- 1---1- 1--1-1
11 11---- 11111- --11--
1- 1--1-1 1-1--- -11--1

11 ----11 --11-- 1-1111
1- -1-11- -11--1 --1-1-
11 11---- ----11 111-11
1- 1--1-1 -1-11- 1---1-
11 --11-- 11---- 11111-
1- -11--1 1--1-1 1-1---.


$H_2 = \begin{bmatrix} 1 & 1 \\ 1 & -1 \end{bmatrix},$
Hadamard matrices of every allowed size up to 100 except for 92 are produced. In his 1933 paper, Paley says “It seems probable that, whenever m is divisible by 4, it is possible to construct an orthogonal matrix of order m composed of ±1, but the general theorem has every appearance of difficulty.” This appears to be the first published statement of the Hadamard conjecture. A matrix of size 92 was eventually constructed by Baumert, Golomb, and Hall, using a construction due to Williamson combined with a computer search. Currently, Hadamard matrices have been shown to exist for all $\scriptstyle m \,\equiv\, 0 \mod 4$ for m < 668.