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Questions tagged [group-rings]

A group ring $R[G]$ is a ring constructed in a natural way from a ring $R$ and a group $G$.

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Is the norm element characteristic in modular group rings?

Let $G$ be a finite $p$- group and let $\varphi$ be an automorphism of $\mathbb{F}_pG$ as $\mathbb{F}_p$-algebras and let $n = \sum_{g\in G} g$ be the norm element. Does it follow that $\varphi(n)=n$? ...
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Does this element belong to $\mathbb CG$?

Let $G$ be a torsion-free group. Let $\alpha$ be a symmetric element of $\mathbb CG$, i.e. $\alpha^*=\alpha$, with $\|\alpha\|_1=\sum|\alpha(g)|<1$, so $\beta:=\sum_{n\ge 0}(-1)^n\alpha^n$ is an ...
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Are these element in a group algebra of a torsion-free group zero divisors?

Let $G$ be an arbitrary torsion-free group. For $x,y\in G$, which of these elements‌ can be decided immediately not to be zero divisors in $\mathbb ZG$ (or in $\mathbb CG$)? $$1+x+y,\quad 4+x+x^{-1}+y+...
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lifting of idempotents in group ring

Let $G$ be a finite group, and let $\pi:G\to Q$ be a surjective group homomophism. The map $\pi:G\to Q$ does not necessarily split, but we can always find a set theoretical splitting $s:Q\to G$. In ...
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Groups whose complex irreducible representations are finite dimensional

By a complex irreducible representation of a group $G$, I mean a simple $\mathbb CG$-module. So my representations need not be unitary and we are working in the purely algebraic setting. It is easy ...
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Group rings such that every (countably generated) module has a maximal submodule

Every (non-zero) finitely generated module over a ring has a maximal proper submodule by a simple application of Zorn's lemma. I am interested in the following question, with two variants. ...
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Using Dunwoody's results on cohomological dimension to learn about a von Neumann regular group ring

Just recently I've stumbled across Warren Dicks' book Groups, trees and projective modules (1980) and I was pretty stunned. I know nothing of group cohomology, but I gather the "tree" component is a ...
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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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Chains of right annihilators in group rings

See the update below This problem emanates from a question on not-so-simple random walks on finitely generated groups. But to explain the connections would require an extremely long essay. Let $G$ ...
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When is genus the same as stable equivalence?

Suppose $M, N$ are two $R$-modules (I had in mind the group ring $R=\mathbb{Z}[G]$ for a finite group $G$). By localizing at a prime $p$ I mean $M_{(p)}\cong M\otimes_R R_{(p)}$. If $M$ and $N$ are ...
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Transcendence degree of the fraction field of $k[G]$ for torsion free abelian group $G$

Let $k$ be a field of characteristic $p$ and $G$ be a torsion free abelian group . Then the group ring $k[G]$ is an integral domain , let $k(G)$ denote its field of fractions . Then can we say ...
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Improved dimension subgroups

Given a group $G$, one can define (see below) a descending sequence of subgroups $K^s(G)$, $s=1,2,\dots$, satisfying $$ \gamma^s(G)\subseteq K^s(G)\subseteq D^s(G), $$ where $\gamma^s(G)$ is ...
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Right reversibility of submonoids of nilpotent groups

Let $G$ be a finitely generated group (optionally torsion-free). Let $N$ be a submonoid of $G$ (that is, a subsemigroup with $1$). A (cancellative) monoid/semigroup $S$ is right reversible if for ...
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In the group ring $\mathbb{Z}_p [G]$, what elements satisfy $(\sum a_g g)^p = \sum a_g g^p$?

Here $\mathbb{Z}_p$ is the ring of integers in $\mathbb{Q}_p$. Preferably I would want to know this for a general group $G$, but I have been concentrating on the case $G = (\mathbb{Z} / p^n \mathbb{Z}...
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Is every stably free module of commutative group ring free?

Is every stably free module of commutative group ring free? if not can you give me an example of commutative group ring with nonfree stably free module.
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groupring morphisms and bialgebra

Let $G_{1}$ and $G_{2}$ be two groups. Suppose that we have a morphism $\mathbb{Z}[G_{1}]\rightarrow \mathbb{Z}[G_{2}] $ of bialgebras is it true that this morphism comes from a morphism of groups $G_{...
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Jacobson radical of group algebra

For a finite group G and a finite field $\mathbb{F}_p$ of characteristic $p$, J($\mathbb{F}_{p^k} \otimes_{\mathbb{F}_p }\mathbb{F}_p G ) = J(\mathbb{F}_{p^k}G)$? where $J(\mathbb{F}_{p^k}G)$ is the ...
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The augmentation filtration on a group ring

Let $G$ be a group and $\mathbb QG=\{\sum a_ig_i\colon a_i\in\mathbb Q, g_i\in G\}$ its group ring over $\mathbb Q$. It is a Hopf algebra. Let $I=\{\sum a_ig_i\colon\sum a_i=0\}$ be the augmentation ...
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Detecting a module for the free group algebra on a finite quotient

Let $F_2$ be the free group on two generators $x,y$ and let $R$ be the group algebra $\mathbf{Q}[F_2]$. Let $a,b,c$ be integers. Then define a right $R$-module $M = R / (ax + by + c) R$. I am ...
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Torsion-freeness of two groups with 2 generators and 3 relators and Kaplansky Zero Divisor Conjecture

Let $G_1$ and $G_2$ be the groups with the following presentations: $$G_1=\langle a,b \;|\; (ab)^2=a^{-1}ba^{-1}, (a^{-1}ba^{-1})^2=b^{-2}a, (ba^{-1})^2=a^{-2}b^2 \rangle,$$ $$G_2=\langle a,b \;|\; ...
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Invertible elements in a group algebra

Let $H$ be a torsion-free abelian group and let $\mathbb{K}$ be a field with two elements. I would like to ask the following question: Is the group of units of the group algebra $\mathbb{K}[H]$ ...
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The normalizer problem for group rings

I recently studied about The Normalizer problem (NP) which states that given an integral group ring $\Bbb{Z}G$, $N_{\cal{U}}(G)=G\frak{z}$ where $\frak{z}$ denotes centre of $\cal{U}$ = $\cal{U}$$(\...
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Must a finitely generated projective module over a group ring with vanishing coinvariants be trivial?

Let $G$ be a (possibly infinite) group. Let $\mathbb{Z}[G]$ be its integral group ring and let $P$ be a finitely generated projective module over $\mathbb{Z}[G]$. Suppose that the coinvariants of $P$ ...
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Why do we not lose any generality by proving it only for finitely generated groups [closed]

In the proof of following theorem, in a paper by Farkas- Here $\Delta(G) = \{ g \in G : |G:C_G(g)| < \infty \}$ and $U_1(\mathbb{Z}G) $ is the set of normalized units of the integral group ring $\...
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Units in a finite semisimple group algebra

Let $G$ be a finite group and $k$ a finite field, with the characteristic of $k$ not dividing the order of $G$. Then $kG$ is a finite semisimple group algebra with the interesting property that an ...
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A semisimple group ring

Let $n \in \mathbb{N}$, $p$ a prime number, and $G$ a finite group of order coprime to $p$. Let $R = \mathbb{Z} /p^n \mathbb{Z}$ be the ring of integers mod $p^n$. Must $R[G]$ be semisimple? As noted ...
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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 $x=1$....
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Find a special element in group algebra

Let $$G=\langle x, y, z\mid xyx^{-1}=zy, xzx^{-1}=z, yz=zy\rangle,$$ denote $l^1(G)^{\times}$ to be the set of units in $l^1(G)$, which we have considered as a ring with multiplication defined by the ...
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Using extended group rings for combinatorial generating functions

In work of mine recently, I have come to investigate generalised recurrence relations. The generalisation I have in mind is where, instead of natural numbers or integers, the recurrence is over some ...
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Description of the units of the group ring Fp[Fp] ?

Is there a good way to see what the units of the group ring $\mathbb{F}_p[\mathbb{F}_p]$ (p is a prime) are?
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How do I determine the smallest dimension of an irreducible $\mathbb{F}_p[G]$-module with a prescribed trivial fixed point space?

This is a crosspost from MSE since I haven't found an answer there yet. I am not very familiar with modular representation theory or Brauer theory yet, however lately I have needed to use $\mathbb{F}...
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Unitary unit conjecture for group rings

The famous "unit conjecture" for group rings states that all units of a group ring $K[G]$ are trivial for a field $K$ and a torison-free group $G$. We are far away from solving the conjecture (See e.g....
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What is the current status of the Kaplansky zero-divisor conjecture for group rings?

Let $K$ be a field and $G$ a group. The so called zero-divisor conjecture for group rings asserts that the group ring $K[G]$ is a domain if and only if $G$ is a torsion-free group. A couple of good ...
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When a group ring is a local ring [closed]

Hi there, I'm stuck with my undergraduate thesis on the following proposition: If $k$ is a field of characteristic $p > 0$ and $G$ is a finite $p$-group, then the group ring $kG$ is local. In ...
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Group ring computation

Let $G$ be a finite abelian group. Is it true that the following element of the group ring ${\mathbb Z}[G]$: $$ \prod_{g\ne 1}(1-g) $$ is non-zero?
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Do the homological dimension and cohomological dimension for a group agree?

Or equivalently, if $G$ is a group, do the projective and injective dimension of $Z$ (viewed as a $ZG$-module) agree? Thanks!