Questions on group theory which concern finite groups.

**28**

votes

**2**answers

692 views

### 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 ...

**6**

votes

**0**answers

209 views

### 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 ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

90 views

### 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 ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

195 views

### 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 $2n$. ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

177 views

### 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 ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

121 views

### 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 $G_2\to U$ ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

135 views

### 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?

**3**

votes

**1**answer

243 views

### 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, ...

**7**

votes

**2**answers

441 views

### 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 ...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

280 views

### 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 ...

**3**

votes

**2**answers

235 views

### 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 ...

**7**

votes

**2**answers

245 views

### 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 ...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

358 views

### 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 ...

**4**

votes

**0**answers

150 views

### 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 ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

401 views

### 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
...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

192 views

### 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 ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

165 views

### 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 $F[G]$. ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

135 views

### 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 ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

179 views

### 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 ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

165 views

### 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 ...

**5**

votes

**3**answers

187 views

### 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 ...

**9**

votes

**2**answers

253 views

### 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 ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

125 views

### 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 ...

**1**

vote

**2**answers

254 views

### 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 = ...

**6**

votes

**3**answers

331 views

### 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 ...

**13**

votes

**1**answer

447 views

### 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 ...

**2**

votes

**3**answers

418 views

### 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 ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

85 views

### 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\ ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

162 views

### 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 ...

**9**

votes

**1**answer

121 views

### 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 ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

150 views

### representations of dihedral group/quaternion group of order 8

Is there a classification of such representations via unitriangular matrices over characteristic two fields?

**-2**

votes

**1**answer

205 views

### 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 ...

**7**

votes

**4**answers

399 views

### 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 ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

123 views

### 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 $G$ ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

181 views

### 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 ...

**18**

votes

**2**answers

1k views

### 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 ...

**7**

votes

**1**answer

158 views

### 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 $[G,G] \cong H$?

**19**

votes

**1**answer

706 views

### 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 ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

162 views

### 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 ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

271 views

### 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 ...

**3**

votes

**3**answers

236 views

### 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 ...

**6**

votes

**2**answers

255 views

### 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 $\text{St}_{2n}(\mathbb{F}_q)$ ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

148 views

### Is inner product preserved only by the stabiliser in a finite reflection group?

Is the following statement true for finite reflection groups?
Let $G$ be a finite reflection group acting on $\mathbb{R}^n$, let $x, y\in \mathbb{R}^n$
and let $z$ be in the orbit of $y$. If ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

127 views

### An epimorphism into a profinite group

Let $p$ be an odd prime number, $G$ a finitely generated nonabelian profinite group, $L \lhd_o G$ a pro-$p$ group with $[G : L] = 2$. Suppose that there is a continuous surjection from $G$ onto a free ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

117 views

### A question about minimal nonnilpotent groups

Let $G$ be a minimal nonnilpotent group with cyclic Sylow $p$-subgroup $P$ and normal Sylow $q$-subgroup $Q$ [see Huppert, Endlich Gruppen I]. If $Q$ is abelian and $q > 2$, then can we get that ...

**12**

votes

**1**answer

274 views

### 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 $\mathcal{L}$ ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

90 views

### Dense free subgroups

Let $F$ be a free pro-$p$ group (for a prime number $p$) on a finite set $X$, $\Phi$ the abstract subgroup generated by $X$, $\{1\} \neq N \lhd_c F$. Is it possible that $\Phi \cap N = \{1\}$?

**1**

vote

**0**answers

68 views

### Lower central series in a free pro-p group

Let $F$ be a nonabelian finitely generated free pro-$p$ group, $H \leq_c F$ of infinite index. Denote by $\{F_n\}_{n \in \mathbb{N}}$ the lower central series of $F$, and set $r_n = [F : F_nH]$.
Is ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

72 views

### A bound on the size of the center

Let $p$ be a prime number, $F$ a free pro-$p$ group, $H \leq_c F$ of infinite index. Can it be that $$\sup_{N \lhd_o F} |Z((F/N)/C_{F/N}(HN/N))| < \infty ?$$

**1**

vote

**0**answers

126 views

### Golod Shafarevich Inequality and Inequalities among higher Cohomology groups

As a consequence of Golod- Shafarevich, we get an inequality between second cohomology group of a $p$-group with coefficients in $F_p$ and the first cohomology group of a $p$-group with coefficients ...