School of Mathematics and Statistics
Algebra Seminar
The University of Sydney

University of Sydney Algebra Seminar


Stephen Glasby (Central Washington University)

Friday 19th August, 4.05-4.55pm, Carslaw 251 ***SPECIAL DAY, TIME and ROOM***

The automorphisms of p-groups with only three characteristic subgroups

Although there are p^{2n3/27} groups G of order pn (by work of Higman and Sims), and Aut(G) can have arbitrary quotients (by work of Heineken and Liebeck), most p-groups G have very small automorphism groups (by Helleloid and Martin). This talk considers p-groups G where G, Phi(G) and 1 are the only characteristic subgroups. These groups seem to have large and interesting automorphism groups seemingly related to maximal irreducible linear groups. Their study raises questions about the representation theory of exterior squares. This is joint work with Csaba Schneider and Peter Pálfy.