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Weyl groups of $E_6$ and $E_7$

The Weyl group $W_6$ of the Lie algebra $E_6$ is of order 51840, the automorphism group of the unique simple group of order 25920, while the Weyl group $W_7$ of the Lie algebra $E_7$ is of order ...
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Over which fields is a $G$-module reducible?

I have asked this question at math.stackexchange, but have not received an answer so far. Also, I'm not entirely sure that this is a suitable question for mathoverflow... See this link for the ...
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Generating subgroups of large index by a large chunk of a conjugacy class

Let $G$ be a finite simple group and let $C$ be a (non-trivial) conjugacy class of $G$. Let $H$ be a subgroup of $G$ such that $$|H\cap C| \geq \epsilon |C|.$$ Can one conclude that the index of $H$ ...
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About the number of their conjugacy classes in some classes of finite simple groups

We know that the orders of simple groups $B_n(q)$ and $C_n(q)$ are equal. What about the number of their conjugacy classes? Are they equal or not? Any reply, comment, remark or reference is ...
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Reference request: automorphism of abelian $p$-groups of rank 2

There is a result saying that if $P$ is an abelian $p$-group of rank $2$ then $$|Aut(P)|=(p-1)^kp^j(p+1)^r,$$ for some $k,j,r$ which depend on the order of $P$. Moreover, if $P=C_{p^t}\times C_{p^s}$ ...
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Measuring products of finitely generated subgroups of free groups

Let $F$ be a finitely generated free group, $H_1, \dots, H_n$ finitely generated subgroups of infinite index in $F$, and $\epsilon > 0$. Must there be an epimorphism to a finite group $\phi \colon ...
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Can a positive measure subset of a free group be nowhere dense?

Let $F$ be a finitely generated free group and let $S \subseteq F$ be a subset for which there is some $\epsilon > 0$ such that for any epimorphism to a finite group $\phi \colon F \to G$ we have ...
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Gaussian Elimination for Orthogonal groups [closed]

We known the classical Gaussian elimination algorithm where we can reduce any invertible matrix to a diagonal matrix by row-column operations. Is there row-column operations and Gaussian elimination ...
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Why do sporadic simple groups have so few conjugacy classes?

In finite group theory, there's a general intuition that the further away a group is from abelian, the fewer conjugacy classes it will have. So it is to be expected that non-abelian finite simple ...
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Approximating Lie groups by finite groups

How can one approximate compact Lie groups by finite groups? My wish is something like this: Let $G$ be a compact Lie group. There is a sequence of nested finite subgroups $G_n$ so that $G_n\to ...
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Subgroups of the union of conjugates

This question is an attempt to find a version of this question with a positive answer. In this question, we ask if one can find big subgroups in the union of conjugtes of small subgroups of finite ...
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Dihedral subgroups of $\mathrm{PSL}_2(\mathbb{F}_q)$

Let $\mathbb{F}_q$ be a finite field with $q=p^f$ elements. I need to know when $\mathrm{PSL}_2(\mathbb{F}_q)$ contains the group $D_{(q+1)/2}$, where by $D_n$ I mean the dihedral group of order $2n$. ...
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Union of conjugates in p-groups

Fix a prime number $p$. Is there a sequence $\{a_k\}_{k \in \mathbb{N}}$ of real numbers with $$\lim_{k \to \infty} a_k = 0$$ such that for any finite $p$-group $G$, and any subgroup $H \leq G$ with ...
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Decomposing quasi-finite separated group schemes

Let $U$ be a punctured disk, and let $G\to U$ be a quasi-finite separated group scheme. (Assume $K$ of char zero if it helps) Why is $G = G_1\sqcup G_2$, where $G_1 \to U$ is finite and $G_2\to U$ ...
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orders of maximal abelian subgroups

What are the orders of maximal abelian subgroups of the simple groups $F_4(q)$ and $C_4(q)$, where $F_4(q)$ is an exceptional group and $C_4(q)$ is a symplectic group?
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Representation of GL(n, F_p) over F_p, for n small

The question is related to this post Representation theory of the general linear group over a finite prime field However, I am asking for more detailed references for n small, for example, for n=2, ...
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What are the outer automorphisms of a Coxeter group?

I want to know the outer automorphisms of the Weyl group of $\mathrm{E}_8$, if any. But I might as well ask the question more generally. Suppose we have a Coxeter diagram. This gives a Coxeter ...
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Paper by I. N. Sanov, Solution of the Burnside problem for exponent 4

I have searched extensively online and for copies of printed journals containing the paper which details Sanov's solution to the Burnside Problem for exponent 4, which is widely cited in many papers ...
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Smallest non-trivial conjugacy classes in simple groups and classes of involutions

I am interested in finding the size of the smallest non-trivial conjugacy class of the simple groups $PSL(d,q)$ with $d>2$, $Sz(q)$ with $q>2$ and $R(q)$ with $q>3$. My first question is ...
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Is the free abstract group residually of rank d > 2?

Let $d \geq 2$ be an integer, and let $\mathcal{F}_d$ be the family of finite groups such that $G \in \mathcal{F}_d$ if and only if every subgroup of $G$ can be generated by at most $d$ elements. Is ...
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In general, are 'Young symmetrisers' given by Littlewood-Richardson 'Orthogonal projection Operators'?

Consider $V^{\otimes n}$ where $V$ is vector space and the representation of GL(V) acting in the usual way. Now if I consider tensor products or plethysms of irreducible spaces, this is not in general ...
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Is there a nontrivial profinite word which is trivial in any group with at most d generators?

Let $F$ be a free profinite group of rank $\aleph_0$, and let $d \in \mathbb{N}$. Let $N_d \lhd_c F$ be the intersection of all open normal subgroups $L \lhd_o F$ for which $F/L$ can be generated by ...
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Generalization of a property of $A_n; n\geq 5$

Let $H$ and $K$ be two proper non-trivial subgroups of the alternating group $A_n; n\geq 5$. Then there exists a maximal subgroup $M$ of $A_n$ such that $H\not\leq M$ and $K\not\leq M$. To see this ...
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On the size of centralizers in a non-abelian finite simple group

It is known that for a finite non-abelian simple group $G$ we have $|G|<|C_G(x)|^3$ for some involution $x$. Is there a better bound for the order of centralizer of a nontrivial element of $G$ (not ...
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Can we say that $A$ is a complement for a group $G$?

Let $A$ be a frobenius complement for a group $G$ i.e. $A$ act on $G$ by automorphism s.t. $C_A(g)=e$ for all nonidentity $g$. Now, Action of $A$ can be linearly extended so that $A$ act on $F[G]$. ...
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Irreducible representations of $Sp(4,\mathbb{F}_2)$

I'm trying to construct the irreducible representations (over $\mathbb{C}$) of the finite group $Sp(4,\mathbb{F}_2)$. Using GAP, the character table is as follows: $$ \left(\begin{matrix} 1 & 1 ...
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Rational conjugation of elements of a finite group

Let $G$ be a finite group. Two elements $x$ and $y$ of $G$ are said to be rationally conjugate, written $x \sim_{r} y$, if and only if $\langle x\rangle$ and $\langle y\rangle$ are conjugate subgroups ...
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Decomposing representations of finite groups of Lie type via computer

This is related to my previous question here. Let me remind you what that question asked: Let $\text{St}_n(\mathbb{F}_q)$ be the Steinberg module (over $\mathbb{C}$) for ...
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bounding from below the cardinality of a set of generators of the $n$-fold cartesian product group of a finite group

Let $G$ be a non-trivial finite group. Let $n\in\mathbf{Z}_{\geq 1}$ and let $G^n$ be the $n$-fold cartesian group product of $G$. Let $S\subseteq G^n$ be a generating set of $G^n$. Q: Is $|S|\geq ...
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Vertex-primitive graphs with two vertices having almost the same neighbourhood

Hypothesis: Let $\Gamma$ be a vertex-primitive graph with two vertices $u$ and $v$ such that $$|N(u) \cap N(v)|=|N(v)|-1$$ Question: Is it true that $\Gamma$ must either be a complete graph or have ...
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Explicitly showing that a free group is LERF [closed]

Let $F$ be a free group on a finite set $X$, and let $M$ be a finitely generated subgroup. Marshall Hall's theorem states that $M$ is closed in the profinite topology on $F$. That is, $M$ is 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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Restriction of scalars for the adjoint representation of $SL_2(\mathbb F_q)$

Let $p$ be a prime number, $q=p^e$ a power of $p$, and $G=SL_2(\mathbb F_q)$. Let $V$ be the adjoint representation of $G$, i.e. $V$ is the 3-dimensional $\mathbb F_q$-space of of (2,2)-matrices of ...
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Why is Klein's representation of $PSL_2(\mathbb{F}_7)$ hard to obtain?

In his famous article [1] Klein constructs a representation of $G=PSL_2(\mathbb{F}_7)$ in $\mathbb{C}^3$ (of which the first invariant polynomial of three variables gives rise to the famous Klein's ...
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Lucido's three prime lemma

Let G be a finite solvable group. If p,q,r are distinct primes dividing |G|, then G contains an element of order the product of two of these three primes. This is lucido's three prime lemma. I ...
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Idempotents and Structure of Simple GL(n,p) modules in the describing characteristic

Let $F_2$ denote the finite field of two elements, and $GL(n,2)$ the general linear group of degree $n$ over $F_2$. I have a promising line of inquiry into identifying the structure of simple $F_2\ ...
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Sylow-subgroups of the group of units of a finite field [closed]

Let $K$ be a finite field with $p^n$ elements. Then the group of unit is cyclic of order $p^n-1$. What are the primes which are dividing $p^n-1$? What are the Sylow-subgroups of the group of units of ...
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Representations of $\text{SL}(n,\mathbb{F}_p)$ and $\text{Sp}(2n,\mathbb{F}_p)$ whose dimensions are $p^k$

I should preface this by saying that I am not a representation theorist, so I apologize if this can easily be found in standard sources (but sadly I cannot seem to extract it from any of the books I ...
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representations of dihedral group/quaternion group of order 8

Is there a classification of such representations via unitriangular matrices over characteristic two fields?
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The number of Sylow subgroups of a group [closed]

Let $ G $ be a finite group of order $ 2^4\times 3\times 7\times 13$. If $13 $-Sylow subgroup of $ G $ is not normal then $ G $ has 14 Sylow $13$-subgroups. Then $ G$ is $2 $-transitive on the set ...
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Normal Covering of a Finite Group

Suppose $G$ is a finite group and $N_1, N_2, \cdots, N_k$ are proper normal subgroups of $G$. The set $\{ N_1, \cdots, N_k\}$ is called a normal cover for $G$, if $G = \cup_{i=1}^kN_i$. I need to the ...
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Thin profinite groups - nonabelian analogues of p-adic integers

Let $p$ be a prime number, $S = C_p$ a cyclic group of order $p$, $G = \mathbb{Z}_p$ the profinite additive group of $p$-adic integers. It is well known that all the closed nontrivial subgroups of $G$ ...
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a question about minimal non-abelian groups

Let $G$ be a minimal non-abelian group with cyclic Sylow $p$-subgroup $P$ and normal Sylow $q$-subgroup $Q$ , see [ Huppert, Endlich Gruppen I, Aufgaben III, 5.14]. My quesion is, if there is another ...
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Is a group uniquely determined by the sets $\{ab,ba\}$ for each pair of elements a and b?

This is a cross-posted question, originally active here on math.stackexchange. For a given group $G=(S,\cdot)$ with underlying set $S$, consider the function $$ F_G:S\times ...
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Which finite p-groups occur as commutators of finite p-groups?

Let $p$ be a prime number. For which finite $p$-groups $H$ there is a finite $p$-group $G$ such that $[G,G] \cong H$?
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Geodesics in finite groups

It seems that I can generalize a result from compact, connected Lie groups to finite groups, but in order to do so, I need to have some kind of geodesics on finite groups. Below is a proposition for ...
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Homomorphisms from irreducible spaces to reducible spaces

Let $P_{\lambda}$ be a Young symmetriser associated to the following tableau $(a_1 a_2 a_3 b_3 ; b_1 b_2)$ where the entries seperated by the ; belong to first and second COLUMNS of the tableau. Take ...
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Minimum word length for an unusual set of generators of the symmetric group

Problem. Let $n\geq 2$ and let $T$ be the set of all permutations in $S_n$ of the form $$t_k:=\prod_{1\leq i\leq k/2}(i,k-i) \qquad \hbox{for $k=3,4,\ldots,n+1$}.$$ Find the least integer ...
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Equivalence classes of (2,3)-pairs in PSL(2,q)

This may not be a research-level question, which is why I submitted it to math.stackexchange first, but so far the question there has barely been viewed, let alone answered. Apologies if submitting it ...
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Restricting the Steinberg representation of $SL_{2n}$ over a finite field to the symplectic group

Let $\text{St}_n(\mathbb{F}_q)$ be the Steinberg module (over $\mathbb{C}$) for $\text{SL}_n(\mathbb{F}_q)$. What is the irreducible decomposition of the restriction of $\text{St}_{2n}(\mathbb{F}_q)$ ...