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Rings that are $K_0$ of finite groups

Is there a simple characterisation of all rings which appear as $K_0$ of finite groups? By $K_0$ of a finite group $G$ I mean $K_0(\mathbb C[G])$ which in the same as a ring of virtual characters of ...
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Groups with many vanishing elements

It is well-known that every non-linear character $\chi$ of a finite group $G$ vanishes on some elements of $G\setminus Z(\chi)$. The question is What can be said about a finite group $G$ for which ...
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When does a finite group have a lower-dimensional representation than one of its quotients?

The minimal dimension of a nontrivial representation of a central extension of a group $G$ can be smaller than the minimal dimension of a nontrivial representation of $G$. What about non-central ...
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Sum of irreducible complex character degrees for alternating groups

What is sum of degrees of the irreducible complex characters of the alternating groups? The background of this question is to calculate the diminsion of a maximal torus of the associated Lie algebra ...
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Irreducible characters of finite abelian groups

Let $G$ be finite abelian group and $K$ a field such that $char(K)$ does not divide the order $r$ of $G$. For each divisor $d$ of $r$ let $\omega_d$ be a primitive $d$-root of unity and ...
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The lower bound of a group with characters of special degrees

Is there any lower bound for the order of a group with an irreducible character of degree $p$, where $p$ is a prime. Is there any similar result for $p^2$ or $p^3$ instead of $p$? Thanks for your ...
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Function series involving a suite of imprimitive Dirichlet characters and a zero of $L(\chi,s)$

I have difficulties to understand the behavior of following suite of functions near zero : $$F_P(x)= \sum\limits_{n=P}^{\infty} \chi_P(n) f(nx)$$ With $f(x) = x^{-s_0} e^{-x}$ where $s_0$ is a non ...
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Sum identities with immanants

For $\chi$ being an irreducible character of the symmetric group $S_n$ and being $M$ a complex $n\times n$-matrix, I would like to show $$ \sum_{\sigma, \rho \in S_n} \overline{\chi(\sigma)} ...
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Is there a Poisson Summation formula for imprimitive Dirichlet characters?

I was wondering if there exists a Poisson Summation formula (like the one existing with primitive character) for imprimitive Dirichlet characters ? For a primitive Dirichlet character $\chi$ we have: ...
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Non-degenerate characters of the unitriangular group $U$

I made a previous post which was unclear and mistaken in fundamental aspects, so that it was actually more worthy making this new post than actually editing the previous one. I'm studying the ...
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Rational Conjugacy Classes of Finite Groups

Suppose $G$ is a finite group and $A$ is the set of all character values of $G$. By character values, I mean entries of the character table of $G$. Let $\Gamma = ...
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Dirichlet Characters as Eigenvectors

This was asked in Math Stackexchange here but generated no comments or answers. I have slightly edited the original question with the comment in the fourth paragraph and the explicit matrix example at ...
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Quadratic Gauss sums: Explicit determinations?

Can anyone please tell me (give me a reference, preferably) if there is any explicit determination of sums of the form $g(n,\chi):=\sum_{r=1}^{q}\chi(r)e(\frac{rn+r^2}{q})$ where $\chi$ is a Dirichlet ...
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Extension of a formula for the quadratic Gauss sums

I am interested in the sums $$g(a,k)=\sum_{n=0}^{p-1}e^{2\pi i a n^k/p}$$ where $p\equiv1\mod k$ is a prime and $a$ is coprime with $p$. When $k=2$, it is a classical fact that $g(a,2)=\chi(a)g(1,2)$ ...
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Explicit bound on $\sum_{N\mathfrak p \leq x}\chi(\mathfrak p)\ln(N\mathfrak p)$

I'm looking for an explicit bound for $f(x) = \sum_{N\mathfrak p \leq x}\chi(\mathfrak p)\ln(N\mathfrak p)$, where $\chi$ is a Hecke character for a number field $K$ of degree $n$, on the ideals ...
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On the character degrees of a finite group with special structure

Let $G$ be a finite group such that $G$ has a normal subgroup $N$ of order $p(p^2+1)/2$, where $p>13$ is an odd prime and $p\ne 239$. Also $G/N\cong \text{PSL}(2,p)$. Can we say that there exists a ...
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In which finite groups is there a non-central g such that, for all irreducible characters, Chi(i)(g) <> zero?

What is the character of Pi(G), the tensor product of all inequivalent irreducible representations of G?
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The tallest possible lattice?

Let O be a complete discrete valuation ring and G a finite group. Recall that a finitely generated O-free OG-module $M$ such that the traces of the invertible endomorphisms of $M$ generate a strictly ...
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To whom is the internal characterization of $Q$-groups due?

A group is said to be a $Q$-group if the character of any complex representation is rational valued. A well-known internal characterization of $Q$-groups is the following: $G$ is a $Q$-group if ...
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How can classifying irreducible representations be a “wild” problem?

Let $q$ be a prime power and $U_n(\mathbb{F}_q)$ be the group of unitriangular $n\times n$-matrices. I've read and heard in several places (see e.g. this mathoverflow question) that classifying ...
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Finding a character of height zero

My character theory is rather weak, so excuse me if this is a triviality. I have read on the encyclopedia of maths that for any group $G$, every block of $G$ contains an irreducible character of ...
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differences between character distributions of supercuspidal representations and others

Let $G$ be a $p$-adic linear reductive group. For an irreducible admissible smooth representation $\pi$ of $G$, there is a distribution $\Theta(\pi)$, called the character distribution, attached to ...
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Asymptotic Weyl Character Formula

Let $G$ be a complex semi-simple group along with a chosen pair of opposite Borel subgroups (so we get all the root-theoretic data we need). Let $\lambda$ be a dominant weight, and let $V(\lambda)$ be ...
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Missing formula! [closed]

I am doing a project on group association schemes, in particular looking at the structure constant $$p_{KL}^M = \#\{(x, y, xy) : x \in K, y\in L, xy \in M\}$$ where $K, L$ and $M$ are conjugacy ...
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Hecke Character vs Grossencharakter

I would like to know if there is any difference between (1) an algebraic Hecke character (2) a Hecke character (3) a Grössencharakter All of the above in the setting of ellitpic curves with complex ...
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On Applications of Murnaghan Nakayama Rule

This question is crossposted at math.stackexchange here and may be beyond the usual scope of the site. The question is located below. In short, I am looking for an accessible explanation of the ...
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How much of character theory can be done without Schur's lemma or the Artin-Wedderburn theorem?

This is a somewhat imprecise question, as I am not sure how exactly how to formalise how to do mathematics "without" a certain key tool, but hopefully the intent of the question will still be clear. ...
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On finite groups with same complex-valued character table

What are the necessary and sufficient conditions for two finite groups $G$ and $H$ to have same complex-valued character table? Is there any criterion for which one could know about the character ...
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Characters of p-groups

Berkovich mentioned the following result of Mann in his book on p-groups: The number of nonlinear irreducible characters of given degree in a p-group is divided by p-1. Do you know any reference for ...
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Character table entries and sums of roots of unity

It is well-known that the entries of the character table of a finite group are sums of roots of unity. Question: Is the converse true? Explicitly, given $z\in \mathbb{Z}[\mu_\infty]$, can I find a ...
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Permutation character of the symmetric group on subsets of certain size

The symmetric group $S_n$ acts on $[n]:=\{1,\ldots,n\}$, thereby inducing an action on the set $$\wp_k(n)=\{\: A\subseteq[n] \::\: \#A=k \:\}$$ of subsets of cardinality $k$, simply by $$(g,A)\mapsto ...
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Class function counting solutions of equation in finite group: when is it a virtual character?

Let $w=w(x_1,\dots,x_n)$ be a word in a free group of rank $n$. Let $G$ be a finite group. Then we may define a class function $f=f_w$ of $G$ by $$ f_w(g) = |\{ (x_1,\dots, x_n)\in G^n\mid ...
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Interplay between two definitions of the transfer homomorphism.

The transfer homomorphism can be defined in a couple of ways. For the purposes of this question, assume that all groups are finite. Defintion 1. Let $1\leqslant K'\leqslant L \leqslant K\leqslant ...
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Degrees of irreducible characters of groups of order 48 [closed]

Hello i wonder if there is a simple argument to show that no group of order 48 can have an irreducible character of degree larger than 4? Thanks, Karim
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Induced character for non-injective homomorphisms

Any group homomorphism $\phi\colon H\to G$ gives rise to an induction/restriction adjunction between $G$-representations and $H$-representations: $$ \hom_G(\phi_! M, N) \cong \hom_H(M, \phi^* N) $$ ...
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Finite, abelian, yet “fugitive” orthogonal subgroups

Update July 29, 2013. I have still not found a good textbook for this topic, if you point one to me I will be grateful :) I have accepted BS's answer anyway, since their explanation was useful to me ...
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Two Definitions of “Character” of topological groups

When I first met the concept of "characters" of topological groups in Pontryagin's book "Topological groups", it was defined as follows: Let $G$ be a topological group. A character of $G$ is a ...
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When is a class function on a group G (finite abelian) into the rational numbers Q an element of the rational representation ring of G?

Given a class function $f: G \to \mathbb Q$, where $G$ is a finite abelian group, is there an easy way to decide whether $f$ is an element of the rational representation ring $R_{\mathbb Q}(G)$, i.e. ...
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Weil bound for characters sums. (reference-request )

Do you know on any good reference on Weil bound for charcter sums over algebraic curves. I prefer reference which assume few previous knowlage.
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Compute formal character of semisimple Lie algebras.

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a semisimple Lie algebra and $V_{\lambda}$ be the irreducible $\mathfrak{g}$-module with highest weight $\lambda$. Are there some softwares which can compute the formal character ...
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Introduction to L-series and Dirichlet characters?

I'm looking for an introductory text on Dirichlet characters and the L-series of a field K, specifically for quartic extensions of $\mathbb{Q}$. I have Davenport's Multiplicative Number Theory, ...
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Some special characters of finite groups

Let $G$ be a finite group, for each irreducible character $\chi$, we define ${\bf Z}(\chi)$ to be the set of all $x\in G$ such that $|\chi(x)|=\chi(e)$ when $e$ is the identity of the group. For every ...
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A question about the existence of a specific extension of a character.

general situation: Let $ N \leq G $ be a subgroup,and let $ \chi \in Irr(G) $ be an irreducible character of G such that $\chi_N $ is not irreducible( i dont think that this is really needed) and let ...
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Groups of order $n$ with a character whose degree is at least $0.8\sqrt{n}$ (say)

[edited in response to some corrections by Geoff Robinson and F. Ladisch] Throughout, all my groups are finite, and all my representations are over the complex numbers. If $G$ is a group and $\chi$ ...
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Irreducible representations of the unitriangular group

Hi, I wonder how much is known about the irreducible representations of the nxn unitriangular group over a finite field with q elements. I know that all characterdegrees are a power of q and all ...
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Is 2-sylow subgroup of a rational group also a rational group?

As we know, a finite group $G$ is a rational group if $\chi (g)\in\mathbb{Q}$, where $\chi$ is every irreducible charahter and $g\in G$. I have an interesting question that is "Is 2-Sylow subgroup of ...
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Primitive Characters

Let $f(n)$ be an arithmetic function with period $q$ such that $f(n)=0$ whenever $(n,q)>1$. Call $d$ a quasiperiod of $f$ if $f(m)=f(n)$ whenever $m\equiv n \bmod d$ and $(mn,q)=1$. Suppose $d_1$ ...
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On the decomposition of two representations of the Iwahori-Hecke algebra of type A_n

Consider the Iwahori Hecke algebra $H_q(n)$ of the symmetric group $S(n)$, the $\Bbb{Z}[q^{1/2},q^{-1/2}]$ algebra with generators $T_i$, $1 \leq i \leq n-1$, subject to the braid relations and the ...
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Character group of Frobenius kernels

Let $G$ be a semisimple algebraic group over an algebraically closed field $k$ of characteristic $p$ (e.g., $G=SL_n(k)$). Then $G$ is equal to its derived subgroup $[G,G]$. Consequently, the character ...
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The natural inclusion of an infinite abelian group $G$ into $\widehat{\widehat{G}}$

I was recently trying to think of a simple example that demonstrates that the natural inclusion of an abelian group $G$ into ...