The Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, Eprints Archive

A study of some finite permutation groups

Neumann, P.M. (1966) A study of some finite permutation groups. PhD thesis, University of Oxford.

[img]
Preview
PDF
23Mb

Abstract

This thesis records an attempt to prove the two conjecture:

Conjecture A: Every finite non-regular primitive permutation group of degree n contains permutations fixing one point but fixing at most $n^{1/2}$ points.

Conjecture C: Every finite irreducible linear group of degree m > 1 contains an element whose fixed-point space has dimension at most m/2.

Variants of these conjectures are formulated, and C is reduced to a special case of A. The main results of the investigation are:

Theorem 2: Every finite non-regular primitive permutation group of degree n contains permutations which fix one point but fix fewer than (n+3)/4 points.

Theorem 3: Every finite non-regular primitive soluble permutation group of degree n contains permutations which fix one point but fix fewer than $n^{7/18}$ points.

Theorem 4: If H is a finite group, F is a field whose characteristic is 0 or does not divide the order of H, and M is a non-trivial irreducible H-module of dimension m over F, then there is an element h in H whose fixed-point space in M has dimension less than m/2.

Theorem 5: If H is a finite soluble group, F is any field, and M is a non-trivial irreducible H-module of dimension m over F, then there is an element h in H whose fixed-point space in M has dimension less than 7m/18.

Proofs of these assertions are to be found in Chapter II; examples which show the limitations on possible strenghtenings of the conjectures and results are marshalled in Chapter III. A detailed formulation of the problems and results is contained in section 1.

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Subjects:D - G > Group theory and generalizations
Research Groups:Algebra Research Group
ID Code:888
Deposited By:Eprints Administrator
Deposited On:15 Jan 2010 12:14
Last Modified:15 Jan 2010 12:14

Repository Staff Only: item control page