8
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1answer
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Reference for the fact that $SL_n(O_K)$ surjects onto $SL_n(O_K/I)$ for any ideal I

Let $\mathcal{O}_K$ be the ring of integers in an algebraic number field $K$ and let $I \subset \mathcal{O}_K$ be a nonzero proper ideal. It is not hard to see that the map ...
11
votes
2answers
359 views

Subgroups of $SL_3(\mathbb{Z})$ that are finitely generated, Zariski-dense, infinite index, and torsion-free

My question stems from Misha's answer of a MathOverflow question. Misha supplied the following question in his answer: Open question: Does there exist a finitely generated Zariski-dense ...
6
votes
2answers
339 views

Pre-images of unipotent elements in $\operatorname{SL}_{n}(A)$

The starting point of this question is the (presumably) well-known theorem (the proof I know is from Abelian $\ell$-adic representations and elliptic curves from J-P.Serre in which it is a lemma for ...
5
votes
1answer
201 views

Is SL_n of an order in a number ring finite-index in SL_n of the number ring?

Let $\mathcal{O}$ be the ring of integers in an algebraic number field and let $R \subset \mathcal{O}$ be an order. For instance, we might have $\mathcal{O} = \{\text{$x+i y$ $|$ $x,y \in ...
5
votes
0answers
187 views

Generating congruence subgroups of SL_n over totally imaginary number rings

Fix some $n \geq 3$. Let $k$ be an algebraic number field with ring of integers $\mathcal{O}$ and let $\alpha$ be an ideal of $\mathcal{O}$. Define $\text{SL}_n(\mathcal{O},\alpha)$ to be the ...
2
votes
1answer
141 views

Conjugacy of torsion subgroups in Gl(n, Z) for small n [duplicate]

Have the conjugacy classes of the torsion subgroups of Gl(n, Z) been determined for small n (say, n<=6)? In general, can much be said about the torsion subgroup?
9
votes
3answers
530 views

Generators for a certain congruence subgroup of SL(n,Z)

I'm looking for a reference (or quick proof) of the following fact. Fix some $n \geq 3$ and some $\ell \geq 2$. Set $\Gamma_n(\ell) = \text{ker}(\text{SL}_n(\mathbb{Z}) \rightarrow ...
5
votes
0answers
221 views

Generators for SL_2(R) for rings of integers R

Let $\mathcal{O}$ be the ring of integers in an algebraic number field. Is $\text{SL}_2(\mathcal{O})$ generated by elementary matrices? If it isn't, is there any other natural generating set for it? ...
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3answers
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Generating the symplectic group

The too naive and vague version of my question is the following: given a collection of integer symplectic matrices all of the same size (say 2n by 2n), how can I tell if they generate the full ...