Constructions of External Difference Families and Disjoint Difference Families
. External difference families (EDFs) are a type of new combinatorial designs originated from cryptography. In this paper, some
earlier ideas of recursive and cyclotomic constructions of combinatorial designs are extended, and a number of classes of
EDFs and disjoint difference families are presented. A link between a subclass of EDFs and a special type of (almost) difference
sets is set up.