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In H_2 of Sp(2g,Z), why does Meyer's signature cocycle give 4 times a generator?

Fix some $g \geq 2$, let $\Gamma_g$ be the mapping class group of a genus $g$ surface, and let $\pi : \Gamma_g \rightarrow Sp(2g,\mathbb{Z})$ be the projection. In Meyer, Werner Die Signatur von ...
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Bass's paper “Symplectic groups and modules”, used in proof of the congruence subgroup property for Sp

Let $R$ be the ring of integers in a number field. While studying the congruence subgroup property for $\text{Sp}_{2g}(R)$ in Bass, H.; Milnor, J.; Serre, J.-P. Solution of the congruence subgroup ...
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Is the metaplectic group not a matrix group - counterexample

Is the statement below false? "The metaplectic group Mp2(R) is not a matrix group: it has no faithful finite-dimensional representations." Possible "counterexample": Sp(2n,R) is a subgroup of ...
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$q_{S^*\omega}(X)=S^{\ast}q_{\omega}(X)$ ?

Definition: Let $(V,\Omega)$ be a symplectic vector space, we define $\perp:\Lambda ^k(V^*)\to\Lambda ^{k-2}(V^{\ast})$ by $\perp(\omega)=i_{X_{\Omega}}(\omega)$ here if ...
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Finding generators of matrix subgroups

I am particularly interested in Sp$(2n,\mathbb{Z})$, but I think an answer for a more general set of matrices would help. General question: Given a subgroup of a group of matrices, what tools or ...
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Symplectic groups Sp_{2m}(2) as 2-transitive permutation (i.e. Galois) groups

Hello, I am looking for information about the symplectic groups $Sp_{2m}(2)$ as permutation group acting on quadratic forms. Consider the block matrices ...
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Alternate and symmetric matrices

Greetings to all ! Let me first confess that this question was mentionned to me by Bernard Dacorogna, who doesn't sail on MO. Let $A\in M_{2n}(k)$ be an alternate matrix. Say that $A$ is ...