Can one find the size of a Sylow normalizer from the character table? - MathOverflow most recent 30 from http://mathoverflow.net 2013-06-19T11:06:31Z http://mathoverflow.net/feeds/question/67069 http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/rdf http://mathoverflow.net/questions/67069/can-one-find-the-size-of-a-sylow-normalizer-from-the-character-table Can one find the size of a Sylow normalizer from the character table? Jack Schmidt 2011-06-06T18:13:41Z 2011-06-07T06:50:09Z <blockquote> <p>Is the size of the normalizer of a Sylow <em>p</em>-subgroup determined by the ordinary character table of the group?</p> </blockquote> <p>And if so, how does one calculate it?</p> <p>In a solvable group, apparently one can compute the prime divisors of the Sylow normalizers from the character table (Isaacsâ€“Navarro, 2002), but I don't see any discussion of the entire order. I suppose it must be harder to compute the order, and I somewhat hope it is <em>too</em> hard, that is, the character table does not determine the Sylow normalizer's order. If it helps to prove you <em>can</em> find the order, then I am happy to assume one also knows the power maps (and so element orders).</p> <blockquote> <p>Isaacs, I. M.; Navarro, Gabriel. "Character tables and Sylow normalizers." Arch. Math. (Basel) 78 (2002), no. 6, 430â€“434. MR<a href="http://www.ams.org/mathscinet-getitem?mr=1921731" rel="nofollow">1921731</a> DOI:<a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00013-002-8267-4" rel="nofollow">10.1007/s00013-002-8267-4</a></p> </blockquote> http://mathoverflow.net/questions/67069/can-one-find-the-size-of-a-sylow-normalizer-from-the-character-table/67081#67081 Answer by Geoff Robinson for Can one find the size of a Sylow normalizer from the character table? Geoff Robinson 2011-06-06T19:40:28Z 2011-06-07T06:50:09Z <p>I don't see a full answer to this at present, but here are some thoughts on the \$p\$-solvable case. I think it is equivalent in that case to the question: given a Sylow \$p\$-subgroup \$P\$ of a finite \$p\$-solvable group \$G\$, can we determine the order of \$N = O_{p'}(C_{G}(P))\$ from the character table of \$G\$? If we can do always do this, then we can find \$|N_G(P)|\$ by an inductive argument. It is well known that for such \$G\$, the subgroup \$N\$ is contained in \$O_{p'}(G)=M\$, say, and, in fact, \$N = M \cap N_{G}(P).\$ Since the character table of \$G\$ contains that of \$G/M\$, we can work by induction if we can determine \$|N|\$. However, on the negative side, while it is possible to determine which are the (necessarily \$p\$-regular) conjugacy classes of \$G\$ which meet \$N\$, it may not be so easy to determine \$|N|\$ from the character table of \$G\$. But we can see the equivalence of the questions in this case, because if we can determine \$|N_G(P)|\$ from the character table of \$G\$ and \$|N_{G/M}(MP/M)|\$ from the character table of \$G/M\$, then we can determine \$|N| = |M \cap N_G(P)|\$ from the character table of \$G\$. (Added later: I should have said that if \$M = 1\$ we can calculate \$|N_G(P)|\$ by working with \$G/O_p(G)\$).</p>