Abstract. The definition of bent is redefined for any finite field. Our main result is a complete description of the relationship between bent polynomials and perfect non-linear functions over finite fields: we show they are equivalent. This result shows that bent polynomials can also be viewed as the generalisation to several variables of the class of polynomials known as planar polynomials. An explicit method for obtaining large sets of not necessarily distinct maximal orthogonal systems… CONTINUE READING