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Subgroups as isotropy subgroups and regular orbits on tuples

Is there some natural or character-theoretic description of the minimum value of d such that G has a regular orbit on Ωd, where G is a finite group acting faithfully on a set Ω? Motivation: In ...
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exercise in Isaacs's book on Character Theory

I'm stuck on an exercise in Isaacs's book "Character Theory of Finite Groups" - it relates to something I'm looking at as part of ongoing research, but I guess it belongs here rather than on ...
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Formula for number of solutions to $x^4+y^4=1$, from Ireland and Rosen #8.18.

There is a sequence of three exercise in Ireland and Rosen's Introduction to Modern Number Theory, Chapter 8, page 106. I can do the first two, but can't finish the third. I can include the proofs to ...
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Do all algebraic integers in some $\mathbb{Z}[\zeta_n]$ occur among the character tables of finite groups?

The values of irreducible characters of a finite groups are always sums of roots of unity; do all sums of roots of unity (i.e. algebraic integers in the maximal abelian extension of $\mathbb{Q}$) ...
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Applications of Character Theory

Some of the applications of character theory are the proofs of Burnside $p^aq^b$ theorem, , Frobenius theorem and factorization of the group determinant (the problem which led Frobenius to character ...
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Character theory of $2$-Frobenius groups.

Edit Summary: I've posted this on MO and received a partial answer there. Can anybody help me expand on this? Definition. Let $G$ be a finite group and $F_1=\text{Fit}\,G$ and ...
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Functional equation of irreducible characters

I am preparing to an exam in representations of finite groups. I am trying to tackle a problem regarding a characterization of irreducible characters: Let $f$ be a complex-valued function on a finite ...
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$\chi(g)$ group character $\Rightarrow$ $\chi(g^m)$ group character

Let $G$ be a group of order $n$ and and $\gcd(m,n)=1$. Let $\chi:G\rightarrow\mathbb{C}$ be a class function and define $\chi^m\!: g\mapsto\chi(g^m)$. How can one show that $\chi^m$ is a character iff ...
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Where does this elliptic curve come from?

In Zeta functions of an infinite family of K3 surfaces, Scott Alhgren, Ken Ono and David Penniston compute the zeta functions (given a good reduction restriction mentioned below) of the K3 surfaces ...
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What is an irreducible character of a finite group?

Let $S_n$ be the group of permutations of $\{1, 2, \ldots, n\}$. A “character” for $S_n$ is a function $\chi\colon S_n \to \mathbb{C} \setminus \{0\}$ with $\chi(ab) = \chi(a)\chi(b)$ for all $a, b ...
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Character Table From Presentation

I've recently learned about character tables, and some of the tricks for computing them for finite groups (quals...) but I've been having problems actually doing it. Thus, my question is (A) how to ...
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An exercise involving characters

Suppose $p$ is a prime, $\chi$ and $\lambda$ are characters on $\mathbb{F}_p$. How can I show that $\sum_{t\in\mathbb{F}_p}\chi(1-t^m)=\sum_{\lambda}J(\chi,\lambda)$ where $\lambda$ varies over all ...
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What is the relationship between Mackey's theorem in character theory and Mackey's theorem in transfer theory?

Here are the statements of the two theorems. The first statement I took from a paper I have been reading, but I believe can also be found in Isaacs' Character Theory of Finite Groups as an exercise. ...
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Characters of the symmetric group corresponding to partitions into two parts

Let $n\in\mathbb N$ be a natural number and $\lambda=(a,b)\vdash n$ a partition of $n$ into two parts, i.e. $a\ge b$ and $a+b=n$. In this special case, is there a simple description of the character ...
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p-adic numbers and group characters

The wiki article on p-adic numbers has this wonderfully charming and pretty graphic: This is supposed to represent "the 3-adic integers, with selected corresponding characters on their Pontryagin ...
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Estimates on conjugacy classes of a finite group.

In Character Theory Of Finite Groups by I Martin Issacs as exercise 2.18, on page 32. Theorem: Let $A$ be a normal subgroup of $G$ such that $A$ is the centralizer of every non-trivial element ...
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Computing Brauer characters of a finite group

I am studying character theory from the book "Character Theory of Finite Groups" by Martin Isaac. (I am not too familiar with valuations and algebraic number theory.) In the last chapter on modular ...
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character degree and solvability

There is an unsolved problem in Berkovich's book "Characters of Finite Groups Part 2" I state here: Is $G$ solvable if $\chi(1)^2$ divides $|G|$ for all $\chi \in \operatorname{Irr}{(G)}$? Can ...
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How does Pontryagin duality fit into the general cohomology theory framework?

Pontryagin duality implies the isomorphic relation of the function space $C(G)$ on a locally compact group $G$ to the function space on it's dual group $\hat G \overset{\sim}{=}\text{Hom}(G,T)$, ...
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Two non-isomorphic groups with the same complex character table

Could you give me an example of two non-isomorphic groups with the same complex character table?
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Extending a homomorphism $f:\left<a \right>\to\Bbb T$ to $g:G\to \Bbb T$, where $G$ is abelian and $\mathbb{T}$ is the circle group.

Suppose $G$ is an abelian group and $a\in G$ and $$f:\left<a \right>\to\Bbb T$$ is a homomorphism. Can $f$ be extended to a homomorphism on $G$: $$g:G\to \Bbb T$$ ? $\Bbb T$ is the circle ...
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How to show a representation is irreducible?

I have a professor who says that I should be able to show a representation is irreducible simply by looking at its trace (with other possible conditions), but after researching this for a while, I ...
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Question about Weyl character formula

In the book of Humphreys, page 139, Weyl character formula is $$\left(\sum_{w\in W} \operatorname{sn}(w)\epsilon_{w\delta}\right) * \operatorname{ch}_{\lambda} = \sum_{w\in W} \operatorname{sn}(w) ...
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Formula for evaluation of character on a transposition

Let $\lambda\vdash n$ be a partition of $n\in\mathbb N$ and $\chi=\chi_\lambda$ the corresponding irreducible character of the symmetric group $S_n$. Denote by $\lambda^t$ be the transpose of ...
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Some irreducible characters of the Symmetric group $S_n$

I want to have characters of some irreducible $S_n$-modules corresponding to certain partitions $\lambda$ of $n$, the computations using Frobenius formula get complicated and I am unable to find in ...
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Characters of a Group: two definitions

If $G$ is an abelian group, the characters associated to the rapresentations of $G$ over $\textrm{GL}_1(\mathbb C)=\mathbb C^\ast$ are simply the group homomorphisms: $$\chi:G\longrightarrow\mathbb ...
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$G$ be a finite group and $G'$ be its commutator subgroup and $\widehat G$ be the character group of $G$ ; then $G/G' \cong \widehat G$?

Let $G$ be a finite group and $G'$ be its commutator subgroup and $\widehat G$ be the character group of $G$ ; then is it true that $G/G' \cong \widehat G$ ? I am completely stuck , please help . ...
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Are two groups isomorphic if they have the same character table and each $|\chi| \leq 1$?

Suppose two groups have the same character table of complex representations. Also, all the entries in this character table have absolute value at most $1$. Does this imply that the two groups are ...
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Reference Request: Characters of Finite General Linear Groups

I've been looking at J.A. Green's article The Characters of Finite General Linear Groups and it seems that Green in this article comes up with a way of calculating all irreducible characters of a ...
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characters of a $C^*$-algebra

I have read that a state $\rho$ on a unital $C^*$-algebra $A$ is a character (i.e. multiplicative) if and only if, for all unitary $u\in A$, $|\rho(u)| = 1$. Is there an easy proof, or can someone ...
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Generalizing Artin's theorem on independence of characters

Artin's theorem says that for any field $K$ and any (semi) group $G$, the set of homomorphisms from $G$ into the multiplicative group $K^*$ is linearly independent over $K$. Can this theorem be ...
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Convolution of irreducible characters of a finite group

If $\chi^{\lambda}$ and $\chi^{\mu}$ are the characters of two irreducible representations $V^{\lambda}$ and $V^{\mu}$ of a finite group $G$, is there a simple way of proving that : $$ \chi^{\lambda} ...
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Sum of squares of dimensions of irreducible characters.

For anyone familiar with Artin's Algebra book, I just worked through the proof of the following theorem, which can be seen here: (5.9) Theorem Let $G$ be a group of order $N$, let ...
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Character of $\text{Hom}_{\mathbb{C}}(\mathbb{C}G,\mathbb{C})$

I've been given the following two questions, and for both I'm really unsure what to do (I'm a beginner with the theory of characters). Let $G$ be a finite group, $\mathbb{C}G$ its group algebra over ...
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Does anyone know the Burnside Matrices?

For $G$ a fine group with conjugacy classes $C_1,\dots C_k$ we introduced the Burnside Matrices $A_r$ where $1<r<k$ with entries: $$A_r := \Big(\sqrt{\frac{|C_t|}{|C_s|}}a_{rst}\Big)_{1\leq ...
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Representation of an abelian group

Without using the structure theorem, how do I prove b? I struggle with the proof of injectivity. Any tips? Problem: Let $G$ be a finite Abelian group. (a) Prove that the group homomorphisms $\chi ...
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Holonomy and Differential Characters

This question is going to be rather vague, but I'm just trying to see if there are obvious connections between these two concepts. So the holonomy of a vector bundle with Lie group $G$ is ...
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Character theory exercises [closed]

I'm doing the exercises from chapter 2 of M.Isaacs' Character theory of finite groups, and I'm having problems with some of them. In particular, I would need help with these ones. Thank you very much ...
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On Applications of the Murnaghan-Nakayama rule

The question is located below. In short, I am looking for an accessible explanation of the Murnaghan-Nakayama rule in relation to the following problem. Pardon the long setup. Let $Y$ be a standard ...
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How to generalise $(\wedge^2 \chi)(g) = \frac{1}{2}(\chi(g)^2-\chi(g^2))$?

One can decompose $\bigotimes^2 V = \bigvee^2 V \oplus \bigwedge^2 V$, getting a corresponding decomposition for representations, say when $V$ is a module for some finite group $G$. One then has the ...
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Finding the character table of this group

if $ G = <a,b| a^9 = b^3 = 1, bab^{-1} = a^4> $ of order 27 then know the following, that any element can be written as $b^ka^n$ with n $\in [0,8], k\in[0,2]$ and that the 11 conjugacy classes ...
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Order of group elements from a character table

Most questions that I can find on here (or anywhere else on the internet) deal with constructing a character table given a description of the group. I'm trying to answer a question which goes the ...
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multiplicative character evaluated at -1 (from Ireland and Rosen's number theory book)

I'm self studying from Ireland and Rosen's "A Classical Introduction to Number Theory" Second edition. Near the beginning (page 153 in my book) of Chapter 11 the authors discuss the number of ...
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Reading a Character Table in Magma

These are the outputs of two character tables from Magma. The first is for $A_5$. The second is for $GL_3(2)$. What is the significance of the '$+$' and '$0$' symbols? I can produce more tables if ...
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Fourier analysis on finite abelian groups

Can someone help me show if $f$ is a character of a finite abelian group then for all $a\in G$, $$\sum_{[f]}f(a)\stackrel{}{=} \begin{cases} |G| & \text{if $ a$ is the identity} \\ 0 & ...
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Is there some relation between characters in representation theory and multiplicative characters?

A character of a group representation is obtained by taking trace of each matrix in this representation. The word character is often used in the sense that it is a homomorphism from a group to ...
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Character theory - Exercise 5.14

I am trying to solve the exercise 5.14 from the Isaac Martins Character Theory of Finite Groups. Let $G$ be a nonabelian group and let $ f=min\{\chi(1) | \chi \in Irr(G), \chi(1)>1 \}. $ Show ...
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Computing bicharacters of (small) finite groups

I'm trying to find some finite groups with certain properites (hopefully of small order; no more than 100, I suspect), and one of the things I need to look at are all of its bilinear bicharacters: ...
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Decompose the following representation of $A_5$ in irreducible representations

Denote the space of functions on the set of faces of the icosahedron by $V_f$, this is a 20-dimensional representation of $A_5$ which acts here on as the group of rotational symmetries. Here follows ...
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The natural inclusion of an infinite abelian group $G$ into $\widehat{\widehat{G}}$

I was recently trying to think of a simple example that demonstrates that the natural inclusion of an abelian group $G$ into ...