Questions on group theory which concern finite groups.

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Uniqueness of the fusion ring for simple finite group

We know that the irreducible representations $R_i$ of a group $G$ can give rise to a fusion ring: $R_i\otimes R_j = \oplus_k N^{ij}_k R_k$. I wonder if the following statement is true or not: If $G$ ...
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Finite groups: equations with many solutions

Let $\omega$ be a word in the free group on generators $x_1,x_2,\ldots,x_n,g_1,g_2,\ldots,g_k$, where $n>0$ and $k\geq 0$. For any finite group $G$ and elements $g_1,g_2,\ldots g_k$ in $G$ we ...
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How do I determine a real matrix form for a group representation?

Hello mathoverflow community, I am a little stucked working on my master thesis. For a representation on $\mathbb{Z}_p\ltimes\mathbb{Z}_p^*$ induced from the additive character $\chi$ of ...
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An inequality for the minimal number of generators of a finite group

Let $G$ be a finite group, $n(G)$ the minimal number of generators and $m(G)$ the minimal number of irreducible complex representations generating (with $\otimes$ and $\oplus$) the left regular ...
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Groups with Abelian Automorphism Group

In a paper, the authors Jonah-Konvisser say Until recently (~1975), there were no published examples of non-abelian groups with abelian automorphism groups. Heinken and Liebeck have methods for ...
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Factorization of permutations into two factors with fixed number of cycles, plus a placement condition

In my recent work I have been led to consider the following type of permutation factorizations. Let $\pi_1$ and $\pi_2$ be two fixed permutations, with disjoint support, i.e. $\pi_1$ acts on ...
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Must normalizing field outer automorphisms “divide” the dimension?

Imprecise question: To get a normalizing field outer automorphism of order $r$, must we multiply the dimension by $r$? Precise hypothesis: Let $p\geqslant 5$ be a prime, let $q$ be a power of $p$ and ...
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The parity of the full automorphism group order of finite non-abelian groups of prime exponent

Is there a finite non-abelian group $G$ of prime exponent such that the full automorphism group of $G$ is of odd order?
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long root elements fixed by an automorphism in simple lie type group

Thanks for any help or comments. Suppose $G=G(q)$ is a simple lie type group over field $F$ of characteristic $r$. So $G$ has some well known subgroup $X_a$ named Long root subgroup such that ...
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Irreducible reps and characters of $G \rtimes A$

Is there a theorem which classifies irreducible representations of semi-direct product of finite groups $G \rtimes A$, where $A$ is a finite abelian group and hence write down the character table for ...
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For a new operation on a finite group of odd order giving a loop structure, when does this also gives a group

For finite groups $G$ of odd order, as $x \mapsto x^2$ is bijection (but no automorphism in general) then, we can define for each $g \in G$ the element $x^{1/2}$ by requiring $(x^{1/2})^2 = x$. Then ...
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What kind of group invariants exist? [closed]

Let $G$ be a finite group.Then it is known, that: 1) The group determinant determines the group (up to isomorphism) 2) The 1, 2, 3 characters determine the group 3) The invariants $f_1,\cdots,f_m$ ...
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Perfect group of order 190080

I need to know some properties of the perfect group of order $190080$ which is the Schur cover of the Mathieu group ${\rm M}_{12}$, but when using ...
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embedding of $O_4^-(q)$ in $U_4(q)$

For $q$ an odd prime power, one can construct $H:=O_4^-(q)<U_4(q)$ by treating the $H$-invariant bilinear form as Hermitean. On the other hand $U_4(q)$ is isomorphic to $O_6^-(q)$; I need to ...
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factorization of the regular representation of the symmetric group

Let $\mathbb{C}[S_n]$ be the regular representation of the symmetric group $S_n$, and let $\mathbb{C}^n$ be the vector representation. Question: Does there exist a representation $V$ (of dimension ...
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Common zero of invariants of finite groups

Let $G$ be a finite group $n = |G|$. Let $\sigma : G \rightarrow GL(n,\mathbb{C})$ be the regular representation. Hence every element of $G$ can be seen as a permutation matrix. Let ...
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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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Connection between cyclic group and exponential function

I have been thinking about this for a while, but now got to the point where I got stuck. I don't know if it might be considered as a research level question, but I would be very happy if somebody knew ...
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Restriction of $H^3(M_{24}, U(1))$ to $M_{12} \rtimes \mathbb{Z}_2$

$M_{12}\rtimes \mathbb{Z}_2$ is a maximal subgroup of $M_{24}$, where $M_{24}$ and $M_{12}$ are Mathieu groups . Also, it is known that $H^3(M_{24}, U(1)) \cong \mathbb{Z}_{12}$. I want to find the ...
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Which finite cyclic groups can be characterized by Lattice isomorphism and isomorphism between their automorphism groups?

Given a finite cyclic group $G$, we denote by $L(G)$ the lattice of its subgroups, and by $\mathop{\rm Aut}(G)$ the automorphism group of $G$. Let $H$ be any group. Assume that $L(G)\cong L(H)$ and ...
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Maximal size of minimal generating set

Let $G$ be a finite group. Denote by $D(G)$ the maximal size of a minimal generating set, (minimal in the sense of inclusion). I vaguely remember seeing recently something on $D(G)$. Can anyone refer ...
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When is a Hermitian matrix of the form $g^*g$ for some matrix $g$

I tried asking this question on Math StackExchange and didn't get any replies. I was hoping that maybe someone here could help, sorry for duplicating. I'm trying to figure out some properties of ...
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When can a 2-cocycle on a subgroup can be extended?

This question is based on a question when is the restriction $H^2(G,\mathbb{C}^*)\to H^2(K,\mathbb{C}^*)$ surjective? I am asking this as a new question as I already asked that user but got no ...
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Applications of the Galois embedding problem

Given a finite Galois extension of number fields $L/K$ with Galois group $G$ and a surjection $E\twoheadrightarrow G$ of finite groups, the Galois embedding problem is the question of whether there ...
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Modularisation on group representations with arbitrary braiding

Applying the modularisation/deequivariantisation procedure to the representation category $\operatorname{Rep}_G$ of a finite group $G$ with trivial braiding gives the fibre functor to vector spaces. ...
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Can a large transitive permutation group need many generators?

let $G$ be a transitive permutation group acting on $\{1, \ldots, n\}$, and let $d(G)$ be the minimal number of generators of $G$. Is it true, that for $n\rightarrow\infty$ we have ...
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Perfect $Q[G]$-complex

Let $G$ be a finite group and let $M$ be a perfect $\mathbb{Q}[G]$-complex. Suppose that $M\otimes_{\mathbb{Q}[G]}\mathbb{Q}$ is quasi-isomrphic to $0$ can we conclude that $M$ is quasi-isomorphic to ...
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When the commutativity of the product of group subsets implies the commutativity of the group?

Let $G$ be a finite group. Which are the values of $k$ for which if every two $k$-subsets of $G$ commute then $G$ is commutative? Clearly, this holds for $k=1$ and $k=2$.
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Normal conjugate of elements of unipotent upper tringular matrices over F_q

Let $UT_n(q)$ be the group of upper triangular matrices with entries in the finite field $F_q$ and ones on the diagonal. Denote the normal closure of an element $s\in UT_n(q)$ by $s^{UT_n(q)}$, i.e., ...
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When does $\langle grg^{-1}|g\in G\rangle = \langle gsg^{-1}|g\in G\rangle$ imply $\langle r\rangle=\langle xsx^{-1}\rangle$?

We call a finite group $G$ normal if for all $s,r\in G$, if $\langle gsg^{-1}:g\in G\rangle =\langle grg^{-1}:g\in G\rangle $ then there exists $x\in G$ such that $\langle r\rangle =\langle ...
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Are rotational isometries groups generated by some kind of rotations?

If we consider the index $2$ subgroup of a Weyl group consisting of the isometries with determinant $1$ (the 'special' Weyl group), is it known that it is generated by rotations around some fixed ...
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Finite groups of planar homeomorphsims

Let G be a finite subgroup of the group H of orientation-preserving homeomorphisms of the plane that fix the origin. Is G conjugate in H to a group of rotations? I've been told this result was ...
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How to claculate the $T$-stable subgroup of second cohomology group

Let $G=\langle x,y,z,w \mid [y,x]=w^p=z, x^{p^2}=y^p=z^p=1 \rangle$ be a group, where $[u,v]=u^{-1}v^{-1}uv$, $p$ is a prime and the commutator which do not appear is 1. Let $N=\langle y,w \rangle ...
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Finite groups of order $n$ having exactly $n$ subgroups

Is it known a characterization of finite groups of order $n$ having exactly $n$ subgroups? A supplementary question: are there abelian groups other than the trivial group and $\mathbb{Z}_2$ with ...
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Generalization of a lemma of Livne

Let $H$ be a finite $2$-group. Let $N_{4}(H)$ be the subgroup generated by fourth powers. Let $H_{4}$ be the last term in the short exact sequence $1\rightarrow N_4(H) \rightarrow H \rightarrow H_{4} ...
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Explicit construction of an element of ${\rm GL}(2, p)$ of order $p+1$

It is well-known that the order of $GL(2, p)$ is $(p^2-1)(p^2-p) = (p-1)^2(p+1)p.$ It is easy to construct matrices of orders $(p-1)$ and $p$ (diagonal and parabolic, respectively), but the only way ...
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Generate harmonic polynomials for a finite group

Let $G$ be a finite group acting on a complex vector space $V$. Let $\mathcal{D}$ denote the differential operators with constant coefficients and $\mathcal{D}^{G}$ be the $G$-invariant operators. A ...
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The groups with nilpotent Hall $p'$ subgroup

Theorem $1$(Burnside): A simple nonabelian finite group can not have a conjugacy classes with prime power elements. Theorem $2$: A group of order $p^nq^m$ is solvable. Theorem $1$ depends on ...
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Are all sneaky groups products of Frobenius and 2-Frobenius groups?

I've been stuck thinking about this for a while. Def. Let $G$ be a finite solvable group whose order is divisible by only three primes: $p,q,$ and $r$. Suppose that $G$ has cyclic subgroups of ...
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Are there $n$ groups of order $n$ for some $n>1$?

Given a positive integer $n$, let $N(n)$ denote the number of groups of order $n$, up to isomorphism. Question: Does $N(n)=n$ hold for some $n>1$? I checked the OEIS-sequence ...
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Strongly real elements of odd order in sporadic finite simple groups

Recall that an element of a finite group is said to be real if it is conjugate to its inverse, and strongly real if the conjugating element can be chosen to be an involution. Question: Is it true ...
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Okounkov-Vershik approach to representation theory of $S_n$

This is a rather soft question. I was wondering if someone could explain on a fundamental and intuitive level, what the Okounkov-Vershik approach to representation theory of $S_n$ is all about. It's ...
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number of maximal subgroups of the symmetric group

What is the asymptotics of the number of the maximal subgroups of $S_n$ (as a function of $n$)? This must be written down somewhere... EDIT I am actually more interested in the number of conjugacy ...
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The number of submodules of $\mathbb{Z}_q^n$

Observe $\mathbb{Z}_q^n = \mathbb{Z}_q \times \cdots \times\mathbb{Z}_q$ as a module over $\mathbb{Z}_q\equiv\mathbb{Z}/q\mathbb{Z}$, for general $q$. I am interested in the following questions: How ...
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Determining conjugacy class of a subgroup from the sizes of its intersections with the conjugacy classes

Let $C_1,C_2,\ldots,C_n$ be the conjugacy classes of a finite group $G$. It is possible that there are two non-conjugate subgroups $K \leq G$ and $H \leq G$ such that $|H \cap C_i|=|K \cap C_i|$ for ...
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Expository papers for Feit–Thompson Theorem [duplicate]

Feit–Thompson theorem states that every finite group of odd order is solvable. Its proof is near 300 pages so it is definitely not an easy paper to read without a prior knowledge about the general ...
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An abstract zero-sum problem

I would like to know whether the problem described below has appeared in the literature and/or whether similar questions have been studied. I would be very happy to find some references or, if none ...
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Centerless finite groups with exactly three prime divisors

Let $G$ be a centerless finitee group and $\pi(G)=\{p,q,r\}$ be the set of prime divisors of $|G|$. I have some questions about these groups. Is there any classification of such groups? In what ...
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Is the Frattini subgroup of a free profinite group trivial?

Let $\widehat{F_2}$ be the free profinite group of rank 2. Is its Frattini subgroup $\Phi(\widehat{F_2})$ trivial? I know that the Frattini subgroup of a pro-$p$ group is open. On the other hand, the ...
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Representations of orthogonal groups over the field of two elements

I am looking for some references on modular representation theory of the orthogonal groups $O_{2n+1}(2)$, $O_{2n}^{+}(2)$, or $O_{2n}^{-}(2)$ over $\mathbb{F}_2$.