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Not too classical group characters

When teaching group theory, one has too speak of characters, which are morphisms $\chi:G\rightarrow k^\times$ into the multiplicative group of a field $k$ (mind that I don't mean representation ...
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What is the minimal girth of a two-generator cayley graph for Alt(n) in which the girth relator is not a proper power?

First, a definition: a girth relator for a Cayley graph is a word that you get by reading the edge labels along a shortest loop. The girth relator is not usually unique, though it is often unique up ...
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Is the centralizer $Z_G(A)=\{g\in G| a g= g a\}$ of a finite $A\subset G$ connected for a connected compact Lie group?

Let $G$ be a connected compact Lie group, consider the left/right action on itself. For any finite $A\subset G$, consider the centralizer $Z_G(A):=\{g\in G| a g= g a\}$. Q: is $Z_G(A)$ a connected ...
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Bases of surface groups with length restrictions

This question asks for a generalization of Bases of surface groups following the notation and definitions given therein. Let $\Gamma_g$ be a surface group of genus $g \geq 2$, $B$ a surface basis of ...
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What do we know about isospectral Cayley graphs?

Let $\Gamma_1=\Gamma_1(G_1,S_1)$ (respectively $\Gamma_2=\Gamma_2(G_2,S_2)$) be a Cayley graph for the group $G_1$ and the finite generating set $S_1$ (respectively $G_2$ and the finite generating set ...
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A generalization of real characters on a group

Yesterday I understood that I can't live without this construction: Let $G$ be a group, $A$ an associative algebra over $\mathbb R$ and $n\in{\mathbb N}$. We consider a sequence of maps ...
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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 ...
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Galois groups and prescribed ramification

What is known about finite groups $G$ for which there exists a Galois extension $K$ of $\mathbb{Q}$ ramified only at $2$ such that $\text{Gal}(K/\mathbb{Q}) \cong G$ ? More generally, which groups can ...
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Subdirectly irreducible groups

A group is subdirectly irreducible provided it has a least nontrivial normal subgroup. Subdirectly irreducible groups are also referred to as monolithic groups in the literature. Every simple group is ...
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On the realization of a compact surface as a leaf of an analytic foliation

Let $S$ be a compact orientable surface of genus $g \geq 2$. Is there any transversely real (or complex) analytic codimension one foliation $\mathcal{F}$ such that $\mathcal{F}$ has $S$ as a leaf with ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Bases for free pro-p groups

Let $p$ be a prime number, $F$ a free nonabelian finitely generated pro-$p$ group, $L \lhd_o F$ and $Y$ a basis for $L$ with $y \in Y$. Is there a basis $X$ for $F$ such that $y$ is in the abstract ...
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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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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 $\Phi \cap N = \{1\}$?
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Minimal number of generators for $GL(n,\mathbb{Z})$

$\DeclareMathOperator{\gl}{GL}\DeclareMathOperator{\sl}{SL}$From de la Harpe's book "Topics in Geometric Group Theory" I learnt that $\gl(n,\mathbb{Z})$ is generated by the matrices $$s_1 = ...
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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 ...
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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 $$\sup_{N \lhd_o F} |Z((F/N)/C_{F/N}(HN/N))| < \infty ?$$
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Finite Cohomology and free groups

Let $F$ be a finitely generated nonabelian free profinite group, $p$ a prime number, $L \lhd_o F$ with $[F : L]$ coprime to $p$, $N \lhd_c^\infty F$ contained in $L$ with $L/N$ pro-$p$, and $N \leq H ...
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A Karrass-Solitar theorem for surface groups

Let $\Gamma_g$ be a surface group of genus $g \geq 2$. That is, there is a presentation $$\Gamma_g = \langle x_1, y_1, \dots, x_g, y_g \vert \prod_{i = 1}^{g}[x_i,y_i] = 1\rangle$$ Is there a ...
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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 ...
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Bases of surface groups

Let $\Gamma_g$ be a surface group of genus $g \geq 2$. A $2g$-tuple $(x_1,y_1, \dots,x_g,y_g) \in \Gamma_g^{2g}$ will be called a Surface Basis if we have the presentation $$\Gamma_g = \langle x_1, ...
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Periodic group with bound on order of finite subgroups

I have asked the same question previously on stackexchange without any answer (http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/923638/periodic-group-with-bounded-subgroups): I am looking for infinite ...
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Accessible subgroups of free groups

Let $F$ be a nonabelian free finitely generated group, and $F = G_0 \rhd G_1 \rhd G_2 \dots$ a strictly descending subnormal chain of subgroups ($G_n \lhd G_{n-1}$ for each $n \in \mathbb{N}$) each ...
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Union of conjugates in free groups

Let $F$ be a (finitely generated) free group, $H \leq F$ of infinite index. Is it possible that $$ \bigcup_{g \in F} gHg^{-1} = F?$$
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A normal form theorem for presentations of finite $p$-groups of nilpotency class $2$?

When constructing examples of nonabelian finite $p$-groups with abelian automorphism group (and certain other desired properties), the authors of papers like http://arxiv.org/pdf/1304.1974v1.pdf leave ...
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Confusion about the projected component in an irreducible space in the tensor product decomposition using Littlewood-Richardson?

The regular representation of the symmetric group can be formulated in terms of an abstract tensor, where the action of the symmetric group elements is by means of permuting the indices. Given an ...
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Distributivity of group topologies on $\Bbb Z$

Let $\mathcal L$ be the set of all group topologies on $\Bbb Z$. It is known that $(\mathcal L,\subseteq)$ is a modular complete lattice [1]. Is $(\mathcal L,\subseteq)$ distributive? $$~$$ ...
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(co)homology of symmetric groups

Let $S_n=\{\text{bijections }[n]\to[n]\}$ be the n-th symmetric group. Its (co)homology will be understood with trivial action. What are the $\mathbb{Z}$-modules $H_k(S_n;\mathbb{Z})$? Using GAP, we ...
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Ends of Coxeter Groups

It is known after Stallings that a group can have 0, 1, 2 or infinitely many ends. Are there known results on the space of ends of a Coxeter group?
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In what sense is the classification of all finite groups “impossible”?

I think there is a general belief that the classification of all finite groups is "impossible". I would like to know if this claim can be made more precise in any way. For instance, if there is a ...
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Quasi-isometry and left invariant orderability for groups

Is the property of left invariant orderability for finitely generated groups preserved by quasi-isometrics? More precisely, if $G$ is a left orderable (finitely generated) group and $H$ is a ...
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An inequality on representations and subgroups of general linear groups over finite field

Let $q$ be a power of $p$, let $l$ be a prime different from $p$, and let $H_1$ and $H_2$ be two subgroups of $GL_n(\mathbb F_q)$ that are $l$-groups. If for all characteristic $0$ representations ...
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What are smallest finite images of triangle groups?

Given integers $a, b, c$ all at least 2, I would like to identify the smallest group with an element $x$ of order $a$, element $y$ of order $b$ such that the product $yx$ has order $c$. For example, ...
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Percentage of elements that can be written as commutators

Let $G$ be a finite perfect group. Are there any results on the number of elements of $G$ which can be written as a commutator? When $G$ is finite non-abelian simple group, then every element can be ...
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Is the projector to irreducible tensor modules of SO(N) known?

To project a generic tensor to an irreducible module of SO(N) one has to (anti)symmetrize the indices and then subtract traces, e.g. for symmetric traceless 2-tensors $$ \frac{1}{2} (\delta_{I_1 J_1} ...
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existence of a finite group which is the union of self normalizing subgroups

Can a finite group G be the union of self normalizing subgroups such that the intersection between any two of these subgroups is equal to the unit of the group G? I don't think so but I can't prove ...
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Soluble group algebras and centralizers

Let $K$ be field with $\mathrm{char}(K) = p > 0$ and $G$ a finite group such that $KG$ is soluble. Then the $p$-Sylow-subgroup of $G$ is normal and contains the derived group of $G$ and every ...
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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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(Connected) Cayley graphs of PSL(2,q) from (2,3,n)-triples

Let $G = PSL(2,q)$. I'm interested in the Cayley graphs of $G$ generated by triples $(A,BAB^{-1},B^{-1}AB)$, where $A, B \in G$ are elements of order $2, 3$ respectively: such a triple generates all ...
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Which finite simple groups can be characterized by their action on a small set?

It is well known that a finite 4-times transitive permutation group is Matthieu, symmetric, or alternating. Another way of stating this is that the set $$ \Omega = \{(x_1, x_2, x_3, x_4), 1\leq ...
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on reductive monoids which are gorenstein

Let $M$ a reductive monoid, i.e. a integral normal affine scheme, which is a monoid whose group of units is a connected reductive group. By Rittatore ...
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Group structure on an arbitrary completely regular topological space that makes $(x,y)\mapsto xy^{-1}$ continuous at $(1,1)$

Let $(G,\mathcal T)$ be a completely regular topological space. Is there a group structure on $G$ such that the function $$f:G\times G\to G$$ $$f(x,y)=xy^{-1}$$ is continuous at $(1,1)$?
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Ore's Conjecture for perfect groups

We know that Ore's Conjecture is a theorem now. Does anyone know a counterexample to Ore's conjecture for perfect groups? I believe there should be one, but I dont have a counterexample. Thanks.
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Quotient of Projective line over rationals with an infinite subgroup of PGL(2,Q)

I am looking for references for the following; how to calculate quotient of the projective line over the field of rationals with an infinite subgroup of PGL(2,Q), e.g, of the form $ \left( ...
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Classification of indecomposable inclusions $(H \subset G)$ with $G$ decomposable

Definition: A group $G$ is indecomposable if: $G = G_1 \times G_2 \Rightarrow \exists i \ G_i = 1$. We can generalize the notion of indecomposable from groups to inclusion of groups as ...
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Do compact groups acting irreducibly have finite subgroups which do the same?

Let $G$ be a closed subgroup of $U(n,{\bf C})$, not necessarily connected. Regard ${\bf C}^n$ as a complex $G$-module $M$. Q. Suppose $M$ is irreducible as a $G$-module (equivalent, I think, to ...
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Generalization of a theorem of Øystein Ore in group theory

Theorem (Øystein Ore, 1938): A finite group $G$ is cyclic iff its lattice of subgroups $\mathcal{L}(G)$ is distributive. Proof: see below. Let $(H \subset G)$ be an inclusion of finite groups and ...
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Prime order elements in $GL(n,\mathbb{Z})$

What is known about the elements of prime order $p$ in $GL(n,\mathbb{Z})$? All I know at this point is that $GL(n,\mathbb{Z})$ has an element of prime order $p$ iff $p-1\leq n$ and that there are only ...
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Cubic Cayley (undirected) graphs

The generators of a cubic Cayley graph always include at least one involution, since 3 is odd. There are then two possibilties for the other two generators: either (A) they are also (distinct) ...