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Diameter of universal cover

Let $M$ be Riemannian manifold and $\tilde M$ be its universal cover (with induced metric). What is the upper bound for $k=\mathop{diam}\tilde M/\mathop{diam} M$ in terms of $m=|\pi_1(M)|$ (or ...
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A group action of the Heisenberg group with special symmetries

Suppose we look at the Heisenberg group $H_{d}$ as a matrix group of upper triangular matrices over the ring $\mathbb{Z}/d\mathbb{Z}$. You can even choose $d$ to be prime if you want. A natural ...
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A subgroup intersects conjugacy class of every prime power order element

Let $G$ be a finite group and $H$ be a subgroup of $G$. Suppose that for any prime power order element $x$ of $G$, there exists some element $g$ in $G$ such that $x^g$ is contained in $H$. Does it ...
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complexity of counting homomorphisms

This is a question I have thought about and asked a number of people, but have never got an answer beyond "It should be true that..." Given a finitely generated group $G$ (eg. a link group ...
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$2$-group with two isomorphic normal subgroups of index $4$ with non-isomorphic quotients

Hypothesis: Let $P$ be a finite $2$-group with two isomorphic normal subgroups $M$ and $N$ such that $P/M\cong C_4$ (the cyclic group of order $4$) while $P/N\cong C_2^2$. By the lattice theorem, ...
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Which finite nonabelian groups have long chains of subgroups as intervals in their subgroup lattice?

Given N, what is a finite non-abelian (and preferably non-solvable) group G in whose subgroup lattice Sub[G] there is an interval that is a chain of length at least N? Since N can be arbitrarily ...
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Textbook source for finite group properties deducible from character table?

Various questions have been posted on MO (some answered, some not) involving the character table of a finite group $G$ over a splitting field such as $\mathbb{C}$ of characteristic 0. My basic ...
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Leech lattice decomposition

Hello, I am investigating the Leech lattice. Lately I have discovered following. Some lattices decompose into distinct set of orthonormal frames. For example E8 lattice which contains 240 unitary ...
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A question on the set of element orders of a finite group

Let $G$ be a finite group of order $n$ and denote by $\pi_e(G)$ the set of element orders of $G$. What can be said about $G$ if $\pi_e(G)$ forms a sublattice of the lattice of divisors of $n$?
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A conjecture on solvablity of finite groups

Suppose $G$ is a finite group and $A$ an abelian subgroup. Suppose for some natural number $n\geq 2$, elements of $\gamma_n(G)$ have the form $[a, x]$ where $a\in A$ and $x\in G$. Then $G$ is ...
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The powers of non-empty subset of a group that generate a subgroup

If G is a group and A and B to non-empty subsets of G, then by AB we mean the set consist of all product ab where a is in A and b is in B.(Standard definition) Similarly we can define X^m where X is a ...
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Finite simple groups and conjugacy classes with 2p elements

Let $p$ be an odd prime number. Can a finite simple group have a conjugacy class with $2p$ elements?
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Classification of automorphism groups of groups of order $p^4$

For the purpose of classifying another algebraic structure which is parametrised by the choice of a group and of an automorphism I need the classification up to isomorphism of automorphism groups of ...
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Extension of the Weyl dimension formula

Let $G$ be a compact semisimple group and let $\Gamma$ be a finite subgroup of $G$. I am interested, for $(\pi,V)\in \widehat G$ (irred rep of $G$), in a formula for $\mathrm{dim} V^\Gamma$, the ...
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Decomposition of induced representations / Refinement of Mackey's criterion

There are already some questions with almost the same title, but they are more restrictive. Let $G$ be a finite group, $H$ a subgroup, $V$ an irreducible representation of $H$, and $W=Ind_H^G V$ the ...
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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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Orders of automorphism groups of p-groups

There is a theorem that says that if $p$ is a prime and $G$ is a $p$-group with $|G| = p^{n}$, $|Aut(G)|$ divides $\Pi_{k=0}^{n-1} (p^{n}-p^{k})$. This theorem is sharp, since $\Pi_{k=0}^{n-1} ...
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Do subgroups have “two sided bases”?

Let $H\leq G$ be an inclusion of finite groups. Define a map $E\colon \mathbb{C}[G]\to \mathbb{C}[H]$ to be the $\mathbb{C}$-linear extension of $$ E(g)=\begin{cases} g &\text{if } g\in H\\\ 0 ...
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A Realization Problem for Character Tables

Given an $n\times n$ table of complex numbers, are there known sufficient conditions for the table to be the character table of a finite group? Representation theory gives plenty of necessary ...
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Factorization of a finite group by two subsets

I want to write a GAP program for checking the following question. Let $G$ be a given finite group with order $n$. Is it true that for every factorization $n=ab$ there exist subsets $A$ and $B$ ...
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Non split extension isomorphic (as a group) to a split extension

$\def\Z{\mathbb{Z}}$ Let $A$ be a finite abelian group and $G$ a finite group acting on $A$. Then the extension $0 \to A \to E \to G \to 1$ is splits if and only if the corresponding $2$-cocycle is ...
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How many sporadic simple groups are there, really?

I attended a talk by John Conway recently where he explained to us that the usual number, 26, was wrong, that there are in fact 27 sporadic simple groups. His reason was that the Tits group, which is ...
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Algorithm to check is representation irreducible ? Algorithm to decompose the reducible one ?

Question 1 Given a representation of a finite group, what algorithm can be used to check is it irreducible or not ? (Main case - complex numbers, comments on other cases are also welcome. "Given" ...
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A question about representations of finite groups

Let $G$ be a finite group and let $V$ be an irreducible complex representation of $G$. Does there exist an element $g \in G$ which acts on $V$ with distinct eigenvalues? If true, can you provide a ...
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Reference for this theorem in representation theory?

Let $G$ be a finite group and $\chi$ be an irreducible character of $G$ (characteristic zero algebraically closed base field). If $H$ is the kernel of $\chi$ then the irreducible representations of ...
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Sums of degrees of irreducible complex characters

The sum of the degrees of the irreducible complex characters (not the square sum which is the group order) is relevant to determine the dimension of a maximal torus of the Lie algebra associated to ...
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What does the typical non-solvable group look like?

According to a result of Higman and Sims (which I learned about in this paper of Poonen's) the typical p-group is 3-step nilpotent of a particular form. In particular the typical group is a 3-step ...
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Incompressible surfaces in an open subset of R^3

Let $U$ be a connected open subset of $\mathbb R^3$. Furthermore, we have: $\mathbb R^3\setminus U$ has exactly two connected components (thus by Alexander duality, $H_2(U;\mathbb Z)=\mathbb Z$). ...
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Which finite groups are generated by n involutions?

One of the interesting problems in abstract polytope theory is to determine, for a given finite group, when that group is the automorphism group of a regular abstract polytope. This is equivalent to ...
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Easier reference for material like Diaconis's “Group representations in probability and statistics”

I'm teaching a class on the representation theory of finite groups at the advanced undergrad level. One of the things I'd like to talk about, or possibly have a student do any independent project on ...
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Applications of fusion systems

What are the applications of theory of fusion systems to finite group theory or representation theory of finite groups? More concretely, is there any important result in finite group theory or ...
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Obstruction to extension of non-abelian groups - finite example?

Let $G$ be a non-abelian group, let $\Pi$ be a group, and let $\eta: \Pi\rightarrow Out(G)$ be a homomorphism, where $Out(G)$ is the group of automorphisms of G modulo the normal subgroup of inner ...
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When Cayley graphs of the symmetric group wrt generating sets of transpositions are isomorphic?

Dear All, I thought the following question might be well-known, but couldn't find anywhere, so decided to ask here: Let $A$ and $B$ be two generating sets for $S_n$, consisting of transpositions. ...
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Radical of $F_p[SL(2,p)]$

Let $G=SL(2,p)$. Does anyone know what is the radical of the group algebra $F_p[G]$? Does there exists any book/paper where it is calculated? By radical here I mean maximal ideal I of $F_p[G]$ such ...
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3-cocycle representatives for the dihedral group $D_{2n}$?

I am looking for a reference for a complete list of 3-cocycle representatives for $H^3(D_{2n},\mathbb{C}^\times)$, where $$ D_{2n}=\langle a, b\mid a^2=b^2=(ab)^n=e\rangle $$ is the dihedral group of ...
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An extension of the converse to Hall's theorem.

This is an extension of this MSE question, in which I asked whether there was a counterexample to the following statement, Conjecture. If a finite group $G$ contains a $\lbrace p,q \rbrace$-Hall ...
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Parker-like loop of order 2187?

The Parker loop has order $2^{13}$, and reducing it modulo its 'center' yields -- not just a $12$-dimensional $\mathbb{Z} /(2)$-vector space, but one which can be naturally identified with the ...
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Groups with an automorphism of order two fixing only two elements

It is well known that a finite group admitting an automorphism of order 2 that fixes only the identity is abelian and has odd order. Moreover, the automorphism is inversion. Is anything known about ...
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Reference for restriction of a simple module over a splitting field to a smaller field?

This is mainly a request for a straightforward reference (preferably at textbook level). The question comes up while responding to a question raised by non-specialists in finite group ...
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Cohomology of orthogonal and symplectic groups

Hello, in their book Cohomology of Finite Groups Adem and Milgram investigate the cohomology of the finite orthogonal and symplectic groups only in case $\mathbb{F}_2$. Let $p$ be a prime dividing ...
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Number of faithful representations of a finite group

Is it known how many faithful linear representations a finite group G has on a complex vector space of given dimension? What if G is abelian? I would even be interested in this special case: the ...
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Variety of nilpotent Lie algebras or $p$-groups

Here's a couple of analogous questions, one in terms of finite-dimensional complex Lie algebras and one in terms of finite $p$-groups; I'd be interested in an answer to either: 1) Let $\mathcal{L}$ ...
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Homomorphic images of a Cartesian product of finite groups

What can be said about the class of groups which can be represented as a homomorphic image of an (infinite) Cartesian product (=unrestricted direct product) of finite groups? What would be simple ...
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Bounding the number of character degrees of a finite group in terms of the order of the group

Let $cd(G)$ be the set of degrees of irreducible complex characters of the finite group $G$ (so $cd(G) = \{\chi(1) | \chi\in Irr(G)\}$). What bounds are known of the form $|cd(G)|\leq f(|G|)$ (ie, ...
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Can one find the size of a Sylow normalizer from the character table?

Is the size of the normalizer of a Sylow p-subgroup determined by the ordinary character table of the group? And if so, how does one calculate it? In a solvable group, apparently one can compute ...
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Periodic Automorphism Towers

In Scott's classic textbook on Group Theory, he asks: Suppose that $G$ is a finite group. Is the sequence of isomorphism types of the groups $Aut^{(n)}(G)$ for $n \in \mathbb{N}$ eventually periodic? ...
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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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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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Subgroups of $GL(k,q)$ for bounded $k$

This question on subgroups of $GL(2,q)$ asked by Jan, and especially wonderful answers to it given by Geoff Robinson, Ralph, and Will Sawin showing that "almost no finite groups" inject in $GL(2,q)$ ...
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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 ...