Is it true that every finite p-group can be realized as the group of rational points over $\mathbb{F_p}$ of some connected unipotent algebraic group defined over $\mathbb{F_p}$? For abelian p-groups, the answer is yes via Witt vectors, but is it true in general?

Take the 2-minute tour
×

MathOverflow is a question and answer site for professional mathematicians. It's 100% free, no registration required.

`$\operatorname{Ext}^1_{\text{alg}}(\operatorname{GL}_1, G) \to \operatorname{Ext}^1_{\mathbb Z}(\mathbb F_p, G(\mathbb F_p))$`

is surjective for all connected, unipotent $\mathbb F_p$-groups $G$. A quick Google search turned up “Extensions of algebraic groups” by Kumar and Neeb (#48 at math.unc.edu/Faculty/kumar), but the Abelian group by which you're extending there is the subobject, not the quotient. – L Spice Jul 3 '11 at 14:28`$\operatorname{Ext}^1_{\text{alg}}(G, \mathbb G_a) \cong H^2(\mathfrak g, \mathfrak{gl}_1)^{\mathfrak g}$`

; but I still can't see my way through to showing that the necessary map is surjective. – L Spice Jul 3 '11 at 15:33