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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is an irrreducible 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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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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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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$\chi(g)$ 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Example of projective rep being used in Clifford theory

I'm trying to understand the use of projective representations in Clifford theory, and I'd like a small example where projective representations really help, and the ingredients are actually ...
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Bounds for multi-dimensional Kloosterman Sums

I'm looking for a general bound (in terms of $p$) for the Kloosterman sum, working in $\mathbb{F}_{p}$, $$\sum\limits_{x_{1} \dots \ x_{n} = a} \psi(x_{1} + \dots + x_{n})$$ for $\psi$ a nontrivial ...
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Weyl Character formula applied to Sp$(4,\mathbb{C})\cap$ U$(4)$.

I posted a question a short while ago on this but got no response. I have worked on this more and so now have a more specific question. To start with we work with the $\mathbb{Q}$ version of ...
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Orthogonality relations of Characters

Could somebody please help me understand the jump from Proposition 10 to Proposition 11 in the following http://www.ms.uky.edu/~pkoester/research/charactersums.pdf Note: The orthogonality relations ...
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Representations of $SO_3(\mathbb{R})$ from $SU_2(\mathbb{C})$

Define $V_n$ as the linear space of all homogeneous polynomials of degree $n$ in two variables $x$ and $y$. Define also the representation $\rho_n$ of $SL_2(\Bbb{C})$ on $V_n$ by: ...
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Character of a permutation representation

I am self-studying representation theory, and I would like to make sure my proofs are complete. Following Serre's notation, let $X$ be a finite set, and let $G$ be a group that acts on $X$. Let ...
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Condition for abelian subgroup to be normal

Sorry for any mistakes I make here, this is my first post here. I have a group $G$ which has an abelian subgroup $A<G$. I also know there is a irreducible character $\chi$ with the degree of ...
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Character of $S_3$

I am trying to learn about the characters of a group but I think I am missing something. Consider $S_3$. This has three elements which fix one thing, two elements which fix nothing and one element ...
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Exercise 2.15 M.Isaacs' Character theory of finite groups

I'm beggining to study character theory, and i'm doing some problems from Isaacs' Character theory book. I would need some help with this one: (2.15): Let $\chi\in \operatorname{Irr}(G)$ be ...
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Subspace spanned by powers of a faithful character

The following well known theorem can be found in many books on character theory: Let $\chi$ be a faithful character of a finite group $G$ and suppose that $\chi(g)$ takes on exactly $m$ different ...
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Notation: Character of a Finite Field

This is my first post on StackExchange. I had a quick question about notation (appearing in research literature) that I was unable to find by repeated searches, and I was hoping that someone would be ...