Lee weight distributions of trace codes over F_q+uF_q from irreducible cyclic codes
The construction of two or few-weight codes from trace codes over the ring Fq + uFq, where u2 = 0, was recently presented in . For such construction, the defining sets for the trace codes are given in terms of cyclotomic classes, and for some of these classes, it is shown that it is possible to obtain the Lee weight distributions of the corresponding trace codes. Motivated by this construction, and by the p-ary semiprimitive irreducible cyclic codes over a prime field Fp, the Lee weight distributions of an infinite family of p-ary three-weight codes from trace codes over the ring Fq + uFq, was recentely found in . In this work, we prove that the Lee weight distribution problem for the trace codes constructed in accordance with either  or , is equivalent to the weight distribution problem for the irreducible cyclic codes. With this equivalence in mind, and by using the already known weight distributions of an infinite family irreducible cyclic codes (semiprimitive and not semiprimitive), we follow the open problem suggested in the Conclusion of  to determine the Lee weight distribution of an infinite family of trace codes over the ring Fq + uFq , that includes the infinite family found in .