Online Seminar – April 2021 – Emeritus Prof. Cheryl Praeger

David Wood

  • Thursday
     8 Apr 2021
     12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Event Time:
Thursday, 8 April @ 1200 (AEST) (Melbourne)
Thursday, 8 April @ 1000 (AWST) (Perth)
Thursday, 8 April @ 1000 (CST) (Beijing, China)
Thursday, 8 April @ 0730 (IST) (New Delhi, India)
Thursday, 8 April @ 0300 (BST) (London)
Wednesday, 7 April @ 2200 (EDT) (New York)
Wednesday, 7 April @ 1900 (PDT) (Seattle)

Presenter: Emeritus Prof. Cheryl E. Praeger, University of Western Australia

Biography: University of Western Australia & Wikipedia

Title: Coprime Actions of Finite Groups

Abstract: Suppose that, H is a finite linear group acting completely reducibly on a finite vector space V, and there are vectors a and b not fixed by H such that the H-orbits containing a and b have coprime lengths m and n. Gabriel Navarro asked whether there must be another H-orbit on vectors of length mn?  We answered, by showing that the H-orbit containing a + b has length mn, and by showing, moreover, that such a group H must leave invariant some proper subspace of V – H cannot be irreducible.

Viewed differently our result speaks about finite primitive permutation groups: it tells us that for affine groups a point-stabiliser cannot have a pair of orbits of coprime lengths. On the other hand, stabilisers in different kinds of finite primitive permutation groups can have coprime orbits. Considering such groups led us to resolving a question of Peter Neumann from 1973, arising from a theorem of Marie Weiss n 1935. This is joint work with Silvio Dolfi, Bob Guralnick and Pablo Spiga.

Structure: 45 minutes seminar with 15 minutes question time

Seminar Recording & Slides:

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