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### Describing Levi factors and unipotent radicals of parabolic subgroups in classical groups

I asked this question before at Math.SE (link) but got no answer.
Let $G$ be an algebraic group over an algebraically closed field $k$ of characteristic $p \geq 0$. Then any parabolic subgroup $P$ ...

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### Buildings for Affine groups

Let $G$ denote one of the classical groups over a finite field. Is there a natural way to associate a building to the affine group $V\rtimes G$, and an analog of the Solomon-Tits theorem?

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### Compact form of symplectic groups defined over the rationals

I am a bit confused regarding the possible constructions/realizations of symplectic groups. Basically I am looking for the following:
A linear algebraic group $\mathbb{G}$ defined over $\mathbb{Q}$ ...

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### Extensions of $SL(2,\mathbb{F}_q)$

Let $n = q(q^2-1)$ (the order of $SL(2,\mathbb{F}_q)$ I think). How many groups of order $2n$ contain $SL(2,\mathbb{F}_q)$ as a (necessarily normal) subgroup? Is this number known exactly? Seems ...

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### Stabilizer of a nonsingular vector in a quadratic space (char (k)=2)

suppose that $k$ is a finite field of characteristic 2 and $(V,q)$ a quadratic space, i.e., $V$ is a $k$-vector space and $q:V\to k$ quadratic form. Suppose that $\dim(V)\geq 4$ and that $q$ is ...

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### question about projective special unitary group

Let $q$ be odd, $G=PSU_n(q)$ (Projective Special Unitary group) and $H=PSU_{n-1}(q)$. Is it always true that $H$ is a subgroup of $G\ ?$

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### Hilbert's Finiteness Theorem for connected semisimple Lie groups in Weyl's “Classical Groups”

First of all, sorry for using this account. Somehow I can't login to my previous one anymore and am thus using the account associated to my MSE one. Also, I already asked the question on MSE, but ...

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### multidimensional rotation terminology

Given an element $g$ of the orthogonal group $O(n)$, is there a name for the subspace of $R^n$ that's fixed by $g$, and a name for the orthogonal complement of this space? (The latter is what I ...

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### Existance of certain almost invariant functions related to amenability and piece-wise transformations

We would like very much to know the answer to the following question:
Let $\|\cdot\|$ be any norm on $\mathbb{Z}^d$ and let $W(\mathbb{Z}^d)$ be the group of all bijections of $\mathbb{Z}^d$ such ...

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### Connectedness of the linear algebraic group SO_n

I apologize in advance if my question is too elementary for MO.
It is a well known fact that the linear algebraic group $G = \mathsf{SO}_n$ is connected, and there exist a few different proofs of ...

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### Totally singular subspaces in orthogonal vector spaces

This is for all that are interested in classical groups and their representations.
We are investigating the following situation:
Let $V$ be $d$-dimensional $k$-vector space (where $k$ is a finite ...

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### What is the “positive part” of the unit ball in $M_n(R)$ ?

In ${\bf M}_n(\mathbb R)$, let us consider the usual operator norm
$$\|A\|=\sup\frac{\|Ax\|}{\|x\|},$$
where $\|x\|$ is the Euclidian norm.
The closed unit ball $B$ is the set of contractions (in the ...

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### Symplectic groups Sp_{2m}(2) as 2-transitive permutation (i.e. Galois) groups

Hello,
I am looking for information about the symplectic groups $Sp_{2m}(2)$ as permutation group acting on quadratic forms.
Consider the block matrices
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### Alternate and symmetric matrices

Greetings to all !
Let me first confess that this question was mentionned to me by Bernard Dacorogna, who doesn't sail on MO.
Let $A\in M_{2n}(k)$ be an alternate matrix. Say that $A$ is ...

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### What is the subgroup generated by involutions?

I was recently taking some notes on the Cartan-Dieudonné theorem: if $(V,q)$ is a nondegenerate quadratic space of finite dimension $n$ over a field of characteristic not $2$, then every element of ...

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### Does $SL_3(R)$ embed in $SL_2(R)$?

Is there any non-trivial ring such that $SL_{3}(R)$ is isomorphic to a subgroup of $SL_{2}(R)$?
$SL_{3}(\mathbb{Z})$ is not an amalgam, and has the wrong number of order $2$ elements to be a subgroup ...