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A finiteness property for semi-simple algebraic groups

Let $G$ be a semi-simple algebraic group over a field $K$, I am considering a question about whether there exists a finite set of semi-simple $K$-subgroups, say $H_1,...,H_r$, such that for any ...
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Is this group given presentation isomorphic to $\mathbb{Z}_2$, and why? [migrated]

We have the group $G = \langle a, \,b \; | \; a^2b^2ab^{-1}, \, a^3b^4a^{-2}b^{-3}\rangle$. Obviously $G/G' = \mathbb{Z}_2$. Is it true that $G = \mathbb{Z}_2$ or equivalently that $G'=1$? It is ...
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Weil's Haar measure construction from below

Weil's construction of a Haar measure on a locally compact group rests on approximating a function from above by sums of translates of another function. I would need to know something similar for an ...
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Constructing the largest finite group with a fixed number of conjugacy classes

It is known that there are finitely many finite groups with a given number of conjugacy classes. How can one construct (or get a character table for) the groups $G$ that realize the maximum possible ...
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Is $n+\frac {1}{2}$ in Kendall-Mann numbers and quantum harmonic oscillator related?

It is known that quantum harmonic oscillator is connected to the symmetric group of infinite order which is isomorphic to the permutation group. According to Cayley's theorem any finite group is ...
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Hemi-Semi Direct Product

In the category of racks (similarly quandles), instead of well-known semi direct product, we have hemi-semi direct product construction as seen on Wagemann & Crans and Fenn & Rourke. As far ...
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Extension property for unipotent linear groups over rings

This is my first question, so my apologies if it is too simple/poorly motivated. During the course of some recent research I came across a particular variant of the following problem. Let $G$ ...
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Characteristically simple locally compact abelian groups

Say a topological group $G$ is topologically characteristically simple if there does not exist a closed subgroup $1 < K < G$ such that $K$ is invariant under all automorphisms of $G$ (here ...
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Are braid groups conjugacy separable?

I would like to re-ask a question that was raised in the comments here: Normal subgroups of braid groups Namely, a group $G$ is called conjugacy separable, if it holds that for every two elements ...
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Finitely presented amenable LERF group which is not virtually solvable

Is there a group $G$ with the following properties? Finitely presented Amenable Not virtually solvable LERF (that is, every finitely generated subgroup is closed in the profinite topology on $G$). ...
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A question about (unicity of certain cycles in a Cayley graph of a) symmetric group

Let $S=\{(1,2),(1,2,3,\ldots,n),(1,2,3,\ldots,n)^{-1}=(1,n\ldots,2)\}$ be a subset of the symmetric group $S_n$. We know that $(1,2,\ldots,n)(1,2)=(2,3,\ldots,n)$, and thus ...
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Real irreducible representations of O(3) [closed]

I'm trying to generate a set of real irreducible representations of $O(3)$ from Euler angles $\alpha$, $\beta$, $\gamma$ using the y-z-y convention. I've followed the information on the Wikipedia ...
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Lower central series quotients in terms of (co)homology

Let $G$ be a group. It is well-known that $H_1(G,\mathbb{Z})=G/[G,G]$. Also (at least up to torsion) $[G,G]/[G,[G,G]]=\Lambda^2H^1(G,\mathbb{Z})/H_2(G,\mathbb{Z})$ as explained, for example, in this ...
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Properties of a special finitely presented groups

Recently, when I was working with Cayley graphs, I faced up with a special group. The original group is as follows: $$G:=<a,b,c|ab=ba,a^{10}=cbc^{-1}>.$$ We can show that this group can be ...
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Limits of quotient groups in the space of marked groups

In the space of marked groups with $m$ generators, suppose that a sequence $(G_i, S_i)$ converges to $(G, S)$. For any $i$, let $K_i$ be a normal subgroup of $G_i$ and assume that $\bar{S}_i$ is the ...
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About positive upper density

For $S\subset \mathbb{N}$ define the upper density as $D^{\ast }(S)=\limsup_{n\rightarrow \infty }\frac{\left\vert S\cap \{1,2,\ldots,n\} \right\vert }{% \left\vert n\right\vert }.$ Question: ...
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Is there a characterization of CI-groups of order less than 100?

We know some benefit criterion in articles such as: C‎. ‎H‎. ‎Li‎, ‎On isomorphisms of finite Cayley graphs-a survey‎, ‎Discrete Math.‎, ‎256 (2002) 301-334‎. C‎. ‎H‎. ‎Li‎, ‎Z‎. ‎P‎. ‎Lu‎, ‎P‎. ...
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Is there a formula for the number of elements in $S_n$ having length $k$ with respect to the generators taken to be the transpositions?

Define the length of a permutation as the minimum number of adjacent transpositions needed to describe it. We know that there is only one element of length $0$ in $S_n$ and $n-1$ elements of length ...
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Does the category of G-spectra know G?

I was recently in the situation of having access to the category of $G$-modules (for some group $G$ which I had forgotten), as just a category, i.e. no monoidal structure, together with the forgetful ...
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A finite supersolvable group with generators of prescribed order

Let $G=\langle a,b\rangle$ be a finite supersolvable group. Is there any special information about the structure of $G$ when $o(a)=2$ and $ o(b)=2^k > 2$?
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What is known about semigroups that are generated by (cyclic) subgroups?

A semigroup $(A,\cdot)$ that is idempotent (i.e. $a^2=a$ for every element $a\in A$) is naturally generated by its subgroups (every element on itself constitutes a trivial group). I would like to know ...
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Transitive permutation groups which all of their proper subgroups are intransitive

Let $G$ be a transitive permutation group on a finite set $\Omega$. It is clear that if $G$ is regular, then every proper subgroup of $G$ is intransitive. Is there any other class of groups with this ...
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What is this Lie algebra?

Consider two matrices $A,B \in \mathfrak{su}(N)$ which are both diagonal in the standard basis and non-zero. If we consider the new matrix $\tilde{B} := FBF^{\dagger}$ where $F$ is the `quantum' ...
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Morita equivalence base equivalence relation for discrete groups

In the context of "discrete groups", is there an equivalence relation that implies the Morita equivalence of their reduced group C*-algebras? We define $G \sim H$ for discrete groups $G$ and $H$, ...
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Conjugacy classes of $SL_2(Z)$

I was wondering if there is some description known for the conjugacy classes of $\{A\in GL_2(\mathbb{Z})|\;\;|Det(A)|=1\}$ or $SL_2(\mathbb{Z})$. I was not able to find anything about this. Most ...
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Torsion-free, normal subgroups of certain Coxeter groups

Let $G$ be the reflection group of a regular, 4-dimensional, hyperbolic honeycomb. I would like to find a family $H_i < G$ of finite-index, torsion-free subgroups of $G$, so that I can represent ...
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Is $(\mathbb R^d/\mathbb Z^d,+)$, $d>2$, isomorphic to some group of an algebraic surface? [migrated]

It is a well-known fact that for points of a cubic curve over $\mathbb{RP}^2$ we can define a group $(G_{\mathbb{RP}^2},+)$ using Cayley–Bacharach theorem. See Wiki: The group law. Another fact ...
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An optimal lower bound related to generators in a boolean interval of finite groups

Let $[H,G]$ be a rank $n$ boolean interval of finite groups (i.e. $[H,G] \simeq B_n$ as lattice). Let the set $E = \{ g \in G \ | \ \langle H,g \rangle = G \}$ Remark: If $g \in E$ then $Hg ...
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Random pro-p groups via iterated uniformly random central extensions

Inspired by this question on math.se, I want to understand the following construction of a random pro-$p$ group: We want to construct an inverse system $$\cdots \xrightarrow{\alpha_i} G_i ...
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Some question on haar measure for sumsets of closed subsets of profinite groups

Let $H$ be a profinite group with the haar measure $\mu_H$. Let $H_1$ and $H_2$ be closed subgroups of $H$. $H_1$ and $H_2$ have their own haar measures $\mu_{H_1}$ and $\mu_{H_2}$ respectively. ...
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commutators in upper triangular matrices

Consider the group $T_p(n)$ of all non-singular upper triangular matrices with entries in $\mathbb{F}_p.$ Its commutator subgroup is $U_p(n)$ (all elements in $T_p(n)$ with $1$s on the main diagonal). ...
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Does there exist finite dimensional irreducible representation of Euclidean or Poincare group in which translation and rotation both act nontrivially?

Does there exist any finite dimensional irreducible rep. of Euclidean or Poincare group in which translation and rotation both act nontrivially? Let me firstly clarify my question. For example, we ...
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Lifting automorphisms of quotient groups

I am concerning here a natural question: Problem: Let $G$ be a finite group, and let $N$ be a characteristic subgroup of $G$. When can an automorphism $\varphi\in\mathrm{Aut}(G/N)$ be lifted to an ...
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The homotopy type of the mapping space $Map_{B\rho}(BS^1,BG)$? for $G$ a compact Lie group

Given a homomorphism $\rho:S^1\rightarrow G$ with $G$ a compact Lie group there is an induced map of classifying spaces $B\rho:BS^1\rightarrow BG$. What is known about the homotopy type of the mapping ...
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How bad can $SK_1$ of a commutative ring be?

For a commutative ring $R$ define $\mathrm{SK}_1(n, R)=\mathrm{SL}(n, R)/\mathrm{E}(n, R)$, the quotient of the special linear group by its subgroup generated by the elementary matrices. When ...
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Generic set that is a proper subgroup

For a group $G$ generated by a finite set $S$ we denote by $B_{G,S}(n)$ the ball of radius $n$, that is the set of all elements in $G$ which are expressible as products $x_1x_2\ldots x_n$ where ...
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Cohomologically trivial $G$-modules

Is there a finite non-abelian $2$-group $G$ without non-trivial elementary abelian direct factor and of order $2^9$ satisfying the following condition: $$Z(G) \cap Z(\Phi(G))= \langle ...
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Abnormal subnormal series

Consider a group $G.$ Is it possible for $G$ to have a subnormal series $G \triangleright G_1 \triangleright \dotsc \triangleright G_n \triangleright \dotsc$ which cycles - that is, with $G_{i+k} ...
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Finite solvable groups with abelian Fitting subgroup

Let $G$ be any finite solvable group with Fitting subgroup $F(G)$. Which conditions on $F(G)$ makes $G$ to be supersolvable? (It is well-known that any finite solvable group with cyclic Fitting ...
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Cayley graphs of $A_n.$

Consider the Cayley graphs of $A_n,$ with respect to the generating set of all $3$-cycles. Their properties must be quite well-known, but sadly not to me. For example: what is its diameter? Is it an ...
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Braid groups over the sphere

Can any one give me an example of surjective homomorphism on braid groups on the sphere that is not injective? Such that $B_{n}(S^2)$ is generated by $\sigma_1,\sigma_2, \dots, \sigma_{n-1}$ which are ...
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2-closure of a permutation group

Let $G$ be a group acting on a set $\Omega$ faithfully. Then 2-closure of $G$ denoted by $G^{(2)}$ is the largest subgroup of the symmetric group of $\Omega$ with the same orbits as $G$ on ...
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Liouville property - a very basic question

Let $\mathbb{F}_2$ be the free group on two generators. By a result of Kaimanovich and Vershik, for each measure $\mu$ on $\mathbb{F}_2$ such that the support of $\mu$ generates $\mathbb{F}_2$, we ...
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A Lie group associated to a matrix via semi direct product [migrated]

Assume that $A \in M_{n}(\mathbb{R}) $ is a matrix. Then $A$ generates a one parameter (with parameter $t\in \mathbb{R}$) family of group automorphisms of $\mathbb{R}^{n}$ with $x\mapsto ...
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Unique product groups (and semigroups)

A group $G$ is called a u.p.-group (short for unique product group) if for all nonempty finite subsets $A,B\subseteq G$, there exists an element $g\in A \cdot B$ which can be uniquely written as a ...
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Finding an “optimal” quotient in a free group

Consider the abelian free group $G = \mathbf{Z}^n$ of rank $n$ and a finite subset $A \subset G \setminus \{0\}$. Since $G$ is residually finite, there is a subgroup $H \subset G$ such that $A \cap H ...
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Signs in Chevalley's commutator formula

I am trying to understand presentations of twisted groups of Lie type (specifically $^2D_5$) over finite fields using Steinberg's presentations (for instance from Gorenstein, Lyons and Solomon, Number ...
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Groups with infinitely many finite conjugacy classes

I've been coming across the condition "IMFCC: having infinitely many finite conjugacy classes" often in recent times and I was wondering if there is any serious difference between having "IMFCC" and ...
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Intransitive finite irreducible linear groups whose orbits are all large

I am interested in intransitive irreducible linear subgroups $G\subseteq\mathrm{GL}_n(\mathbb{F}_p)$ acting on $V-\{0\}=\mathbb{F}_p^n-\{0\}$ in the natural way, such that all of the orbits are very ...
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A question about $p$-solvable groups

$H$ is called $s$-permutable in $G$ if it permutes with every Sylow subgroup of $G$. $H$ is called $s$-permutably embedded in $G$ if each Sylow subgroup of $H$ is a Sylow subgroup of some ...