# Questions tagged [finite-groups]

Questions on group theory which concern finite groups.

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### Conjugacy class representatives for the automorphism group of a finite abelian group

Given a finite abelian group $A$, I'd like a list of conjugacy class representatives for its automorphism group ${\rm Aut}(A)$. In fact, it's not important that I have exactly one representative from ...
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### Finite groups with small God's numbers

Let $G$ be a finite group and $S$ be generating set it. Now given all words with alphabet $S$, then there exists a minimum word length $N(S,G)$ such that all group elements are represented by a word ...
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### Character degrees of a finite group?

Let $G$ be a finite group, $R(G)$ be the solvable radical of $G$, and $G/R(G)$ be an almost simple group with socle $S\cong PSL_2(3^p)$, where $p$ is an odd prime. Also let $[G/R(G):S]=p$ and $\theta$ ...
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### Genus of Cayley graph of $A_5$ with two generators of order 5

The Cayley graph of $A_5$ with two generators of order 5 seems rather complicated. I am wondering what is its graph genus (orientable or non-orientable). The best I could get by trial and error is an ...
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### Does $G$ have a normal abelian Sylow $2$-subgroup?

Let $G$ be a finite group. Let $|G|=2^\alpha n$ where $(2,n)=1$ and $\alpha$ is a positive integer. Suppose that $\def\cd{\operatorname{cd}} n=\max \cd(G)$, and $n^2>\frac{1}{2}|G|$, where $\cd(G)$...
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### Is a $G$-invariant character $\theta$ of $H$ extendible to $G$?

Let $G/H\cong PSL(2,11)$, and $\theta$ be an irreducible $\mathbb{C}$-character of $H$. Suppose $\theta$ is invariant in $G$ and $\theta(1)=9$. Question: Is $\theta$ extendible to $G$?
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### Absolute center of a certain $p$-group $G$

Let $L(G)$ denote the absolute center of group $G$ that is the subgroup of $G$ consisting of those elements of $G$ which are kept fixed by every automorphism of $G$. We know that $L(G)$ is contained ...
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### How much do we need to add to the generating set of the symplectic group to get $SL(2n,2)$?

Here $Sp(2n,\mathbb{F}_2)$ means the group of matrices preserving the form $\Omega = \left( \begin{array}{cc} 0&I \\ -I&0& \end{array} \right)$, i.e. the symplectic group over an even ...
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### The degrees of ordinary characters of $PSp(2n,q)$ and $P\Omega O(2n+1,q)$

The finite simple groups $PSp(2n,q)$ and $P\Omega O(2n+1,q)$ have a same order, where $n\geqslant3$ and $q$ is odd. What are the degrees of the ordinary characters of these two groups? Thanks!!!
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### Counting conjugacy classes with a subgroup of prime index

I am trying to understand the classical method of counting classes from Burnside's old book (Note E) (also clarified a bit by Vera-Lopez, Conjugacy classes in finite solvable groups, 1984) : $G$ is a ...
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### Schur covers of affine 2-transitive groups

I am interested in Schur covers of minimal 2-transitive groups. A theorem of Burnside gives that every finite 2-transitive group is either almost simple or affine. In the time since, these groups have ...
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### p-group of maximal class

I am trying to prove that if $G$ is a $p$-group of maximal class and order $p^4$ ($p$ odd), then its unique two-step centraliser $G_1=C_G([G,G])$ is of the form $C_{p^2}\times C_p$. It is clear from ...
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### Example of Chevalley group

I'm trying to grasp my head around Chevalley groups. I could greatly benefit from an illustrating example here. Could somebody give an example of constructing a simple but nontrivial Chevalley group? ...
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### Central extensions of Suzuki 2-groups

Recall the definition of the finite Suzuki 2-groups: These are finite non-abelian 2-groups that contain more than one involution such that a solvable group of automorphisms permutes the involutions ...
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### Large subgroups of $S_n$ without large symmetric or alternating subgroups

I'm interested in determining the existence of a permutation group $G\subseteq S_n$ of the following form. $G$ is large. Meaning that $G$ have at least $n!/2^{o(n)}$ elements. Equivalently, their ...
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### Relation Among Conjugacy Classes

This is more a request to find out if there is any work in the literature discussing certain things. Is there a naturally defined partial ordering on the set of conjugacy classes of a finite group G? ...
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### What is an example of a constructive encoding of binary strings modulo an arbitrary permutation group $G$?

Given a group $G \leq S_n$ we can construct by the axiom of choice a function $f : \{0, 1\}^n \rightarrow \{0, 1\}^{ceil(log_2 |\{0, 1\}^n/G|)}$ such that for any orbit $O$ of binary strings under $G$,...
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### Looking for example of quotient of group algebra by ideal of group ring which fails to be injective

I am looking for an example of a group ring $\mathbb{Z}[G]$ of a finite group $G$ along with a lattice $I$ (in the case at hand the word 'lattice' means: a $\mathbb{Z}[G]$-submodule which is ...
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### Length of composition series in a primitive group

Let $G$ be a primitive group acting on a set $\Omega$ with $n$ elements. By Cameron/Liebeck (essentially a consequence of the Classification + O'Nan-Scott), there are two possibilities: (a) $G$ has a ...
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### The nilpotency class and the derived length of a $p$-group

Let $G$ be a finite $p$-group of nilpotency class $c$ and of derived length $d$. As is well known, we have $d\leq \lfloor\log_2 c\rfloor+1$, (https://groupprops.subwiki.org/wiki/...
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### Factorizations in terms of characters

I have asked this in math.SE (https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/2698772/factorizations-in-terms-of-characters) but it was barely viewed. I have seen mention in different places that the number ...
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### Graph automorphism group

Let $A_w$ denote such set of positive integer $n$ that: for any two permutations $\pi_0,\pi_1\in S_n$, if $\pi_1$ is not a power of $\pi_0$, then there exists a (labeled non oriented) graph $G$ of ...
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Suppose there is a group of $n$ people giving gifts to one another. Everybody brings a gift but we want the gifts to be "well-distributed" in the group. By this I mean the following: In how many ...
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### Can we glue characteristic 0 and characteristic p representations of a finite group given equality of (Brauer) characters?

Suppose I have a prime $p$ and a finite group $G$ together with representations $\sigma: G \to GL_n(\mathbb{Q}_p)$ and $\pi: G \to GL_n(\mathbb{F}_p)$. My question is: When does there exist a ...
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