SMS scnews item created by Bill Unger at Wed 25 Nov 2009 1745
Type: Seminar
Distribution: World
Expiry: 26 Nov 2009
Calendar1: 26 Nov 2009 1500-1600
CalLoc1: Carslaw 535
Auth: billu@daumier.maths.usyd.edu.au

Computational Algebra Seminar: Holt -- Maximal Subgroups of Classical Groups in Low Dimensions

Speaker: Derek Holt (University of Warwick)
Title: Maximal Subgroups of Classical Groups in Low Dimensions
Time and Place: 3-4pm, Thursday 26 November, Carslaw 535.

Abstract:
John Bray, Derek Holt and Colva Roney-Dougal are writing a book of which
the aim is to classify maximal subgroups of all almost simple extensions
of the classical groups G over finite fields in dimension up to 12.
(The geometric type subgroups in dimensions greater that 12 have been
classified in an earlier book by Kleidman and Liebeck.)

In this talk, we shall discuss a few specific aspects of this project.
We concentrate on almost simple subgroups (i.e. non-geometric type) in
which the natural characteristic of the subgroup H is unequal to the
characteristic in the classical group G. The simple candidates for Socle(H)
have been listed in a paper of Hiss and Malle. But it becomes technically
complicated when we try to ascertain which almost simple extensions of H
are subgroups of which almost simple extensions of G.

Techniques used involve use of representations of H over number fields.
Some nontrivial problems in number theory arise in a few cases.


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