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Prime power Gauss sums are zero

Fix an odd prime $p$. Then for a positive integer $a$, I can look at the quadratic Legendre symbol Gauss sum $$ G_p(a) = \sum_{n \,\bmod\, p} \left( \frac{n}{p} \right) e^{2 \pi i a n / p}$$ where ...
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Determining the Value of a Gauss Sum.

Can we evaluate the exact form of $$g\left(k,n\right)=\sum_{r=0}^{n-1}\exp\left(2\pi i\frac{r^{2}k}{n}\right) $$ for general $k$ and $n$? For $k=1$, on MathWorld we have that ...