Questions on group theory which concern finite groups.

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### Which finite groups are not the automorphism group of some rooted finite tree?

The question is as given in the title:
Which finite groups are not the automorphism group of some rooted finite tree?
A rephrasing could be: Is any finite group representable as the automorphism ...

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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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### 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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### Linear occurrences of finite simple groups

Let $S$ be a finite simple group. All representations below are over the complex numbers.
Let
$d_0(S)$ be the smallest dimension of a faithful representation of $S$,
$d_1(S)$ be the smallest ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### Regular elements in the torus of a group of Lie type

Let $G$ be a simple linear algebraic group, and $F$ a Frobenius map, i.e. some power of $F$ is the standard Frobenius map which raises matrix entries to the $q$-th power. Then $G^F$ is a group of Lie ...

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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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### 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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### 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\\\
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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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### The Weyl group of E8 versus $O_8^+(2)$

Right now Wikipedia says:
The Weyl group of $\mathrm{E}_8$ is of order 696729600, and can be described as $\mathrm{O}^+_8(2)$.
The second part feels wrong to me. $\mathrm{O}^+_8(2)$ is the ...

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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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### Is an inclusion of finite groups with boolean lattice, linearly primitive?

Let $(H \subset G)$ be an inclusion of finite groups.
Definition: Let $W$ be a representation of $G$, and $X$ a subspace of $W$.
Let the fixed-point subspace $W^{H}:=\{w \in W \ \vert \ kw=w \ ...

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### On shifted symmetric power sums

The functions $p^*_k(x)=\sum_{i=1}^N ((x_i-i)^k-(-i)^k)$ are analogues of power sum symmetric functions, called shifted symmetric by Okounkov and Olshanski. Define ...

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### Non split extension isomorphic (as a group) to a split extension

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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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### 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 about the classification of big finite simple groups?

How hard is it to classify all big finite simple groups, i.e., all finite simple groups larger than some sufficiently large constant? Alternatively - how hard is it to classify all finite simple ...

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### How to compute all irreducible representations of a finite group ? (how GAP is doing this?)

Let us "take" a finite group G. Here "take" I mean any type of group-theoretic description you prefer: e.g. as an explicit subset of GL (or other group) or Cayley table, whatever.
Question: How ...

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### Character table entries and sums of roots of unity

It is well-known that the entries of the character table of a finite group are sums of roots of unity.
Question: Is the converse true? Explicitly, given $z\in \mathbb{Z}[\mu_\infty]$, can I find a ...

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### Finite groups with centerless quotients

Is there a description of finite groups whose all quotients have trivial center? Is it true that only direct products of non-abelian simple groups have this property?

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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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### 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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### 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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### Characterization of finite groups using sum of the orders of their elements

Notation: If $G$ is a finite group, $o(g)$ denotes the order of the element $g\in G$.
Motivation: Some finite groups could be uniquely determined by the size of the group. For example given a prime ...

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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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### perfect group of order 190080

I need to know some properties of the perfect group of order 190080 which is the schur cover of Mathieu group 12 but
by using PerfectGroup(190080), gap runs so slowly. Is there any other order in Gap ...

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### Which finite groups have no irreducible representations other than characters?

A classical result states that all the irreducible representations of a finite group over $\mathbb{C}$ are characters if and only if $G$ is abelian. I would like to know what happens if we consider a ...

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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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### Characterization of Frobenius complements

I have learned that Frobenius complements are characterized (among finite groups) by having a fixed point free complex representation.
That is, a finite group $G$ is a Frobenius complement if and only ...

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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 $H$ is there a finite $p$-group $G$ such that $[G,G] \cong H$?

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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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### Three involutions on the set of 6-box Young diagrams

The set of $n$-box Young diagrams classifies both conjugacy classes in $S_n$ and equivalence classes of irreducible representations of $S_n$. There is an outer automorphism of $S_6$, of order 2. ...

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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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### Are there workable algebraic geometry approaches for the pentagon equation?

A pentagon equation is a system of polynomial equations of degree $3$ with several variables and integer coefficients, given by a fusion ring.
A fusion ring is given by a finite set of integer ...

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### Is there order to the number of groups of different orders?

I was always struck by how uncharacteristically erratic the behavior of the following function is:
$f: \mathbb{N} \rightarrow \mathbb{N}$ given by $f(n):=$ number of isomorphism classes of groups of ...

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### Condition for a certain subset being a subgroup

For any finite group $G$ and $n$ a divisor of $|G|$, consider the following subset of elements of "co-order" dividing $n$:
$$G(n) = \{ g \in G \mid g^{|G|/n} = 1 \}$$
By a classical theorem of ...

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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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### Order of finite unitary group

This may be an easy exercise but I am not getting it. Let $\mathbf F_q$ be a finite field with $q$ elements and $\mathbf F_{q^2}$ be its degree two extension. Define an automorphism $\sigma$ of ...

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### Has this “pseudo-quotient” of groups been studied before?

Let $G$ be a (finite) group with subgroup $H$. Pick out (left) coset representatives: $x_1=1, x_2, \dots, x_\ell$ (so $x_1H=1H=H$). Now form an $\ell \times \ell$ table with rows and columns labeled ...