Questions about the group of automorphisms of any mathematical object $X$ endowed with a given structure, i.e the group of all bijective maps from $X$ to itself preserving this structure, and hence helping study it further and understand it better.

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Normal subgroups of Aut(M)

Let $S$ be the set of all finite permutations of $\mathbb{N}$, i.e. they fix all but a finite set, and $A\subset S$ the set of all even permutations. Theorem The normal subgroups of $S_\infty$ are ...
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Does the injection $\text{Aut}(F_n) \hookrightarrow \text{Aut}(F_{n+1})$ split?

Let $F_n$ be the free group on $n$ letters. The question is as in the title: letting $i:\text{Aut}(F_n) \hookrightarrow \text{Aut}(F_{n+1})$ be the natural injection, does there exist a homomorphism ...
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Automorphisms of the L-function associated to an elliptic $\mathbb{Q}$-curve

Edited after Noam Elkies' comment: From what I understand (very few actually), there exist elliptic curves defined over some number fields $\mathbb{K}$ Galois over $\mathbb{Q}$ which are isogenous to ...
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Is the restriction of a graded automorphism linearizable in characteristic zero?

This question follows up a previous one which was answered by Todd Leason. I want to impose two new requirements on the setup. Let $k$ be a characteristic zero field. Let $A=k[x_1,\dots,x_n]$ be the ...
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Is the restriction of a graded automorphism of a polynomial ring to a polynomial subring linearizeable?

Let $k$ be a field and let $A=k[x_1,\dots,x_n]$ be a polynomial algebra over $k$, and let $B\subset A$ be a graded subalgebra that is itself a polynomial ring, i.e. $B=k[f_1,\dots,f_m]$ for some ...
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Automorphisms of Cuntz algebra

Suppose, $ O_{\infty} $ is the cuntz algebra generated by the orthogonal isometries $ \{S_i\}_{i\in \mathbb{N}} $,i.e. $ S_i^*S_j=\delta_{ij}$ and $ O_{\infty}=C^*(\{S_i\}_{i\in \mathbb{N}}) $. Then ...
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Automorphism group of a finite group

I would like to ask if there exists an explicit description of $\mathrm{Aut}(G)$, the group of automorphisms of a finite group $G$, in particular, when $G$ is abelian. E.g., if $G = ...
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Examples of varieties with many automorphisms acting trivially on co-homology

Let $X$ be a smooth projective variety over the complex numbers. Denote by $Aut(X)$ its automorphism group, by $Aut(X)_0$ the connected component of the identity, and by $G$ the quotient ...
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Automorphism group of Lie algebra of bounded operators

What is the automorphism group of the complex Lie algebra of bounded operators on a complex Hilbert space, with the commutator as Lie bracket? What for the real Lie algebra of bounded antihermitian ...
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Curves in homogeneous varieties

Let $C$ be a curve in a projective homogeneous variety $X$. Fixed a general point $x$ in $X$, does there exist a curve $V$ in $X$ passing through $x$ and such that $C$ and $V$ have the same homology ...
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Automorphisms of Cartesian products

Let us consider the Cartesian product $X^r$, where $X$ is a smooth projective variety. There is a subgroup $Aut_{\Delta}(X^r)\subset Aut(X^r)$ of automorphisms of $X^r$ mapping a $k$-dimensional ...
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Automorphisms of locally trivial fibrations

Let $f:X\rightarrow Y$ be a locally trivial fibration with a variety $F$ as the fiber. Here $X, Y, F$ are smooth, projective varieties. Does any automorphism of $F$ induce an automorphism of $X$? In ...
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Automorphisms of cartesian products of curves

Let $C$ be a smooth projective curve. Is it true that $$\textrm{Aut}(C\times C)\cong S_2 \ltimes (\textrm{Aut}(C)\times \textrm{Aut}(C))$$ and in case, what would be a reference for this? Thanks.
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Is the automorphism group of a Calabi-Yau variety an arithmetic group

Let $X$ be a smooth projective variety over the complex numbers with trivial canonical bundle. Suppose that $X$ is Calabi-Yau. Is the automorphism group of $X$ an arithmetic group? What if $X$ is a ...
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Lie Algebra of Aut(GL(n,R))

What is the Lie Algebra of $Aut(Gl(n,F))$ when $F$ is either $\mathbb{R}$ or $\mathbb{C}$? Is it enough to consider the injection via Hochschild: $Aut(GL(n)) \to Aut(\mathfrak{gl}(n))$? Edit: The ...
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finite orbits of transformations of the rational function field

Let $K : = k(x_1, x_2, \cdots, x_t)$ be the rational function field and consider the transformation $\tau$ of $K$ defined by $u \mapsto \frac{\alpha(u) + b}{a}$, where $a \ne 0 , b \in k$ and $\alpha$ ...
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Automorphisms of partitions [closed]

I would like to know whether the notion of automorphism of the set of partitions of a positive integer $n$ has been considered so far or not. To make things clearer, I say that a partition of $n$ in ...
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Frobenius Groups of Automorphisms

Recently, I am looking different papers on the topic $$\mbox{Frobenius groups of automorphisms of a group.}$$ But I am familiar with Frobenius groups only; not with their (faithful) actions on groups. ...
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Authomorphisms of factoralgebra A_5 over its center in characteristic 2

Let L be classical Lie algebra of type A_5 over field of characteristic 2, M - factoralgebra L/Z(L) where Z(L) - center of L. What about group of automorphisms of M? Does anybody know answer or at ...
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On group of automorphisms of direct product of nonabelian finite groups [closed]

Let $A, B$ be finite nonabelian groups such that $(|A|, |B|) = 1$. Is $\operatorname{Aut}(A\times B) = \operatorname{Aut}(A)\times\operatorname{Aut}(B)$?
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Automorphism group of a variety

Suppose $X$ is a (quasi-projective) variety over a field $k$, and let $\mathbb{P}^n(k)$ be the ambient projective space. When can one decide that the automorphism group of $X$ is induced by a ...
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Dessins d'enfants and absolute Galois group

I would like to know what is the recent progress about the group homomorphism $$ \mathrm{Gal}(\overline{\mathbf{Q}}/\mathbf{Q})\rightarrow \mathrm{Out}(\hat{F_{2}})$$ ...
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Is ${\rm S}_6$ the automorphism group of a group?

The automorphism group of the symmetric group $S_n$ is $S_n$ when $n$ is not $2$ or $6$, in which cases it is respectively $1$ and the semidirect product of $S_6$ with the (cyclic) group of order $2$. ...
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Automorphisms and infinitesimal deformations of a smooth complete intersection

Let $X\subset\mathbb{P}^{n+c}$ be a smooth complete intersection of dimension $n$. Is it known when $Aut(X)$ is finite ? Does there exist a formula for the dimension of the tangent space to the ...
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Automorphism group of a free product

Suppose that $G$ and $H$ are groups (not isomorphic) and $G\ast H$ the free product. Let $Aut(G)$, $Aut(H)$ be the automorphism groups of $G$ and $H$. What is $Aut(G\ast H)$ ?
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Automorphisms of curves in positive characteristic

It is well known that over an algebraically closed field of characteristic zero a general curve (for an open subset of $M_g$) of genus $g\geq 3$ is automorphism-free. Is this result still true over ...
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Simple Graphs and Automorphisms of the Hypercube

Consider the set $\mathcal{G}_v$ of all finite simple graphs on a given set of $v$ vertices. Let $m={v\choose 2}$ for sake of notation. Given an identification of $\{1,\dots,m\}$ with the set of ...
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Finite orbits on an elliptic curve with two generic involutions

Let $C$ be a (very) general genus 1 curve embedded in $\mathbb{CP}^1\times \mathbb{CP}^1$ as a (2,2)-divisor. Each projection defines $C$ as a double cover of $\mathbb{CP}^1$ and induces an ...
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Examples of a topological semidirect product

Let $G$ be a compact topological group, and $\operatorname{Aut}(G)$ the group of autohomeomorphisms of $G$. I have proved some (topological) results about the holomorph $G\leftthreetimes ...
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Automorphism group of the affine groups AGL(n,q), ASL(n,q)

I have a question. The automorphism group of the linear groups $GL(n,q)$, the group of linear transformations of $V = \mathbb{F}_q^n$, and $SL(n,q)$, the subgroup of $GL(n,q)$ consisting of elements ...
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GIT quotients and automorphisms

Let $X$ be a smooth projective variety. Then we have an exact sequence: $$0\mapsto Aut^{o}(X)\rightarrow Aut(X)\rightarrow H\mapsto 0$$ where $Aut^{o}(X)$ and $H$ are respectively the connected ...
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Are automorphism groups of polarized varieties of finite type

It is "well-known" that the stack of polarized varieties is an algebraic stack with quasi-compact and separated diagonal. In particular, if $(X,L)$ and $(Y,M)$ are polarized schemes over a scheme ...
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Automorphisms of del Pezzo surfaces

Let $S$ be a del Pezzo surface of degree six over $\mathbb{C}$. Then $S$ is the blow-up of $\mathbb{P}^2$ in three general points $p_1,p_2,p_3$. Is it true that its automorphism group is ...
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Smallest strongly regular graph whose automorphism group is not vertex transitive?

I'm looking for a small strongly regular graph whose automorphism group is not vertex-transitive. This answer to a different question shows that the Chang graphs on 28 vertices are such graphs. Is ...
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Automorphisms of surfaces

Let $X$ be a projective surface with a morphism $f:X\rightarrow\mathbb{P}^1$. Assume that $f^{-1}(t)\cong\mathbb{P}^1$ for any $t\neq 0$ but $f^{-1}(0)$ is the union of two $\mathbb{P}^1$'s ...
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Varieties acted upon faithfully by an abelian variety

Let $X$ be a smooth projective variety over the complex numbers. Suppose that some positive-dimensional abelian variety $A$ acts faithfully on $X$. Examples of such varieties $X$ are provided by ...
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Can a rigid CY threefold have infinitely many automorphisms

Let $X$ be a rigid Calabi-Yau threefold. Does $X$ have only finitely many automorphisms? N.B. A smooth projective threefold $X$ over $\mathbb C$ is a rigid Calabi-Yau variety if $h^i(X,\mathcal O_X) ...
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Condition(s) for the full autormophism group $\operatorname{Aut}(C(G, S))$ of the Cayley graph of $G$ to be isomorphic to $G$

If $\Gamma = C(G, S)$ is the (undirected) Cayley graph of a finite group $G$ with generating set $S$, then $G \le \operatorname{Aut}(\Gamma)$, the "full" automorphism group of $\Gamma$. When is ...
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Thickening graphs to get honest actions

Let $X$ be a finite graph. Its fundamental group is the free group $F_n$ on (say) $n$ generators. Let further an automorphism $\phi$ of $F_n$ be given. It is not true in general that this ...
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Do those manifolds atrached to L-functions give rise naturally to motives? [closed]

Edited after Will Sawin's comment: Consider the set $\mathcal{M}$ of all automorphic L-functions belonging to the Selberg class. Such a set is closed for the product $.$ and the tensor product ...
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Examples of surface automorphisms with no periodic points

Consider a smooth projective complex surface $S$ with an automorphism $g:S\to S$. A point $p$ is periodic if it has finite orbit under iterates of $g$. What are some examples of surface ...
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Twists of projective automorphisms

Let $X$ be a projective variety over a perfect field $k$. Recall that a twist of $X$ is a variety $Y$ over $k$ such that $$X_{\bar k} \cong Y_{\bar k}.$$ The twists of $X$ are classified by the Galois ...
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Representability of morphism of stacks

A morphism of Artin stacks $f:X\to Y$ over $\mathbb Q$ is representable by algebraic spaces if and only if its geometric fibres are algebraic spaces. I would like to know if one can use this to prove ...
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Example of a Group which has $\text{SL}_{n}(\mathbb{Z})$ as the automorphism group

For the past one week, I have been trying to learn more about Automorphism groups of different groups. Very recently one of my friend asked this question to me: What is the Autmorphism group of ...
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Automorphisms of generic complete intersections

This question concerns a seemingly folk lore result, which states that automorphism groups of generic complete intersections are trivial, under certain assumptions. To state the question, let $r \geq ...
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Is the center of the automorphism group of a von Neumann algebra M trivial whenever M is a factor?

Question: Is the center of the automorphism group of a von Neumann algebra $\mathscr{M}$ trivial (=$\{\mathrm{id}\}$) whenever $\mathscr{M}$ is a factor (=$\mathscr{M}$ has center $\{\lambda I; ...
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Automorphisms of ideals of $\mathbb{C}[t]$

Let $f(t)\in\mathbb{C}[t]$, and let $I_f$ be the ideal in $\mathbb{C}[t]$ generated by $f(t)$. The ideal $I_f$ has a natural $\mathbb{C}$-algebra structure. My question is the following: For ...
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Very frustrated reading a proof of the faithfulness of Artin's representation of braid groups

I am reading BRAID GROUPS, FREE GROUPS, AND THE LOOP SPACE OF THE 2-SPHERE by F.R. Cohen and J. Wu and here is an extract of the paper: (The proof is not finished yet but I am very confused by now.) ...
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Two groups that are the automorphism groups of each other

Let $H,K$ be two non-isomorphic groups such that $H\cong Aut(K)$ and $K\cong Aut(H)$. Is there any example of such groups ? Note: I had asked the question there.
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Automorphism group of directed complete graph

Given a directed complete graph on $n$ vertices, is there an efficient algorithm for computing its automorphism group? Is there a nontrivial upper bound on the order of its automorphism group? How ...