Questions about the branch of abstract algebra that deals with groups.

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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) ...

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### Does the set of automorphisms of a cyclic group exhibit some sense of randomness?

I prefer to proceed with a concrete example if I may. I appreciate that the answer might well be better explained with group theory, geometry and/or notions from probability theory, which I welcome.
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### Existence of finite nonabelian groups satisfying certain identities

Is there a finite nonabelian group satisfying all of the following identities?
$$
(x^py^p)^2 = (y^px^p)^2, \quad p = 2,3,5,7,11,\ldots (\text{primes})
$$
I thank you all in advance.

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### Characterising the adjoint representation of SU(N)

One can show that the adjoint representation of $\mathrm{SU}(n)$, the image of the map $\mathrm{Ad}:\mathrm{SU}(n) \rightarrow \mathrm{Aut}(\mathrm{su(n)})\subset \mathrm{GL}(\mathrm{su}(n))$, is an ...

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### An angle-doubling trick of Kirillov and Berenstein

Kirillov and Berenstein, in their article "Groups generated by involutions, Gelfand-Tsetlin patterns and combinatorics of Young tableaux" (available at math.uoregon.edu/~arkadiy/bk1.pdf), present a ...

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### When does convolution preserve the `size' of a function?

For a positive function $f$ and positive measures $\mu, \nu$, does
$$\mu\ast f\leq \nu\ast f \Rightarrow \|\mu\|\leq \|\nu\|?$$
More details: Let $G$ be a locally compact group, $C(G)$ be the space ...

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### Irreducible representation of Heisenberg group with characteristic 2?

As we all know that the irreducible representation for Heisenberg group can be classified easily when the group is over a finite field $\mathbb{F}_q$, where $q=p^n$ and $p$ is a prime greater than ...

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### When is the profinite completion a pro-$p$ group?

My research area is mainly pro-$p$ groups and profinite groups. However, in the last few year I became also interested in discrete groups. Therefore, it seems to me a natural problem to look for ...

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### Equations and random subgroups in compact groups

EDIT: Here is a more specific question.
Let $G$ be a compact group and let $w$ be a word in $d$ variables. Then the solution set $S$ of the equation of $w=1$ is a closed subset of the product $G^d$ ...

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### Finite nonabelian groups of odd order

For every even $n$ there exists nonabelian group. As example of such group we can take dihedral group.
The question is about odd $n$. For some of them there are no nonabelian groups of order $n$ (for ...

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### Second homology of mapping class group of genus 3

In a survey paper of Korkmaz it is stated that $H_2(\mathrm{Mod}_3)$ is either $\Bbb Z$ or $\Bbb Z \oplus \Bbb Z_2$, but I was not able to find out a precise computation of this group (resolving the ...

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### A sequence of subsets of an infinite group

Is there an infinite group $G$ such that there is not any sequence $(A_n)$ of its subsets such that always
$$A_n=A_n^{-1}, \quad A_{n+1}A_{n+1}\subsetneqq A_n$$
?
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### Are infinite groups “locally topologizable”?

Does every infinite group admit a Hausdorff topology such that the multiplication and inverse are continuous at $1$ but $1$ is not an isolated point?
The question is inspired by and related to ...

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### Efficient algorithms to determine the roots of: $p(x) = r^x $ in the finite field $GF(q)$, where $r$ a primitive root of the field

I need to make sure that no efficient (i.e., polynomial time) algorithm exists for the following problem:
Exponentiating Polynomial Root Problem (EPRP)
Let $p(x)$ be a polynomial with $\deg(p) \geq ...

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### Torsion-free group that is not of type F but is virtually of type F

Recall that a group $G$ is of type F if there exists a compact $K(G,1)$.
There are many examples of groups which are not of type F but which are virtually of type F, that is, they have finite-index ...

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### Semidirect products with braid groups and type $F_\infty$

Let $F$ be a group which is strongly type $F_\infty$ in the sense that every subgroup is of type $F_\infty$. Here, type $F_\infty$ means that the group admits a classifying space with compact skeleta.
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### Automorphisms of non-abelian groups of order p^3

There are two non-abelian groups of order p^3, namely, semi-direct product of Z/pZ x Z/pZ by Z/pZ and semi-direct product of Z/(p^2)Z by Z/pZ. What are the automorphism groups of these groups?

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### Stabiliser of the lamination of a free group - Invariant subgraphs

I am studying the paper "Laminations, trees, and irreducible automorphisms of free groups" of Bestvina, Feighn and Handel. But I found a note in the paper "Stabilisers of $\mathbb{R}$-trees with ...

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### Embeddings of finitely generated groups into uniformly convex Banach spaces

de Cornulier, Tessera, and Valette (Geom. Funct. Anal. 17 (2007), 770-792) conjectured that a finitely generated group $G$ with its word metric admits a bilipschitz embedding into a Hilbert space if ...

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### Reference on calculation of 2nd cohomology group

Let $G$ be a finitely generated, infinite, countable discrete nonamenable group with zero first Betti number, I.e., $H^1(G, \ell^2(G))=0$, e.g., $G=F_2\times F_2$, the product of free groups of two ...

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### Kaplansky Idempotent conjecture and Extension theory

We consider the Idempotent Kaplansky conjecture with $\mathbb{C}$- coefficients, that is the problem of nontrivial idempotents for group algebra $\mathbb{C}\Gamma$ where $\Gamma$ is a torsion free ...

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### Finitely generated groups non-embeddable into $L_1(0,1)$

I am interested in finitely generated groups which, endowed with their word metrics, do not admit bilipschitz embeddings into $L_1(0,1)$. I know two classes of such groups:
(1) Heisenberg group ...

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### A question about subgroups [closed]

Is there a group $G$ and a non-abelian subgroup $H$ of $G$ such that $[G:H]=2$, $|Z(H)|>1$ and $C_G(H)=2|Z(H)|$?

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### Questions on invariant operators of finite group representations

1) Is there an equivalent of the Casimir operator for an irreducible representation of a finite group?
2) Given an invariant operator of a certain group, can I check if it is invariant under only ...

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### Homology groups of Noetherian groups

Let $G$ be a Noetherian group. Is $H_n(G,\mathbb{Z})$ finitely generated? Do we know the above for the special cases $n=2,3$ even?

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### Kernel of the character of congruence groups

Let $\Gamma$ be a congruence subgroup of $SL_2(\mathbb Z)$ and $\chi:\Gamma \to \mathbb{C}^*$ a character of $\Gamma$ with finite image. Is then $\ker(\chi)$ also a congruence group? If not, can ...

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### What's the ratio of inclusions of finite groups with a distributive lattice?

Definition: Two inclusions of finite groups are equivalent, $(A \subset B) \sim (C \subset D)$, if: $(A/A_B \subset B/A_B) \simeq (C/C_D \subset D/C_D)$ with $A_B$ the normal core of $A$ in $B$.
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### What is the minimal girth of a 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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### Kaplansky's idempotent conjecture for Thompson's group F

Let $K$ be a field and $G$ be a torsion-free group. Kaplansky's idempotent conjecture states that the group ring $K[G]$ does not contain any non-trivial idempotent, i.e. if $x^2=x$ then $x=0$ or ...

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### Symmetric spaces which are compact modulo the unipotent radical are compact

Is the following true?
Let $X = G/H$ be a symmetric space of a reductive group over a p-adic field $F$.
Let $X^0$ be an open orbit w.r.t. the action of the minimal parabolic $B$ of $G$.
Let $U$ be ...

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### Asymptotic density of finite abelian and solvable groups

For every natural number n, let:
Gn be the number of distinct group structures with at most n elements;
An be the number of distinct abelian group structures wit at most n elements;
Sn be the number ...

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### Duration and critical groups order in sandpile models and chip firing games

The famous chip firing game (which is closely related to sandpile models) goes like this:
Place chips at the vertices of a graph. REPEATEDLY: If a vertex $v$ of
degree $d_{v}$ has at least ...

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### Special linear groups contained in symplectic groups

Let $q$ be a power of prime $p$, and $n, m, k$ positive integers such that $mk=2n$ and $2\leq m<2n$. Let $\mathrm{Sp}(2n,q)$ be the symplectic group of dimension $2n$ over $\mathrm{GF}(q)$ and ...

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### orthogonal group in characteristic 2

Let $O(2,\mathbb{Z}_2)$ be the orthogonal group of order two matrices. On $\mathbb{Z}_2$ there should exist just one odd quadratic form, hence the stabilizer subgroup $O^-$ of an odd quadratic for ...

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### Translation length functions of non-simplicial trees

Let $G$ be a finitely generated group. By a theorem of Culler and Morgan, the set of non-abelian (not necessarily simplicial) minimal $\mathbb{R}$-trees with isometric $G$-action injects into the ...

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### Is there an infinite J-group?

For a group $G$ let $\operatorname{Sub}(G)$ be the lattice of all its subgroups.
A subgroup interval is an interval in the lattice $\operatorname{Sub}(G)$.
A group $G$ is called a J-group iff ...

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### Successive Schur covers

Let $G_0$ be a finite group and $G_j$ a Schur cover of $G_{j-1}$ for $j=1,2,3\ldots$. Is $G_2$ equal to $G_1$? If not, will the sequence stop after finite steps in general?

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### A question on conjugacy classes of central involutions in a finite group

An involution $a$ of a group $G$ is called central if there exists a sylow $2$-subgroup $H$ of $G$ such that $a \in C_G(H)$, or equivalently if the centralizer of $a$ contains a sylow $2$-subgroup.
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### Existence of homogeneous single chain compositions of a given maximal subfactor?

All the subfactors here are irreducible inclusion of hyperfinite II$_1$ factors.
A subfactor $(N \subset M)$ is Homogeneous Single Chain ($HSC$) if its lattice of intermediate subfactors is a ...

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### Is every closed subgroup of $\text{GL}_n(K[[x]])$ finitely generated?

Let $n \in \mathbb{N}$, $K$ a finite field. Denote by $K[[x]]$ the (profinite) ring of formal power series over $K$. Note that $\text{GL}_n(K[[x]])$ is a profinite group.
Is every closed subgroup of ...

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### vanishing higher cohomology group for property T group?

Given a countable discrete group $G$ with Kazhdan's property (T), consider $\mathbb{C}G$ or $l^2(G)$ as a left $G$-module, then we can consider the group cohomology,
Is it known that $H^n(G, ...

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### Research of a reference about $G$-linearizations of line bundles on quasi-projective schemes

I am looking for some references for the following statement:
Let $G$ be a linearly reductive algebraic group acting on a quasi-projective scheme $X$, over an algebraically closed field $K$. Let $L$ ...

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### Do Burnside Group Factors have Gamma?

The Free Burnside group $G=B(2,665)=\langle a,b|g^{665} \rangle$ is infinite, by the work of Adyan and Novikov. Furthermore, the centralizer of any nonidentity element in $G$ is finite cyclic, and so ...

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### Is there a 0-1 law for the theory of groups?

Several months ago, Dominik asked the question Is there a 0-1 law for the theory of groups? on mathstackexchange, but although his question received attention there is still no answer. By asking the ...

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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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### Possible degrees of faithful projective representations of $\mathrm{PSL}(k,q)$ and $\mathrm{Sp}(2k,q)$ over complex numbers

Let $q$ be a prime power and $k$ a positive integer. What are the possible degrees of faithful projective representations of the projective special linear group $\mathrm{PSL}(k,q)$ (over the Galois ...

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### Infinite amenable group subfactors

Let amenable groups $\Gamma$ and $\Gamma'$. They act outerly of only one manner on the hyperfinite ${\rm II}_1$-factor $\mathcal{R}$.
Question: $(\mathcal{R} \subset \mathcal{R} \rtimes \Gamma) ...

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### Is there a finitely presented group with infinite homology over $\mathbb{Q}$?

Suppose $G$ is a discrete group given by finitely many generators with finitely many relations. Can the homology groups $H_i(G, \mathbb{Q})$, or equivalently $H_i(BG, \mathbb{Q})$ (topological ...

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### Are countable FC-groups maximally almost periodic?

An FC-group is a group in which every element has a finite conjugacy class. A group G is said to be maximally almost periodic if there is an injective homomorphism from G into a compact Hausdorff ...