Algebra & Number Theory

Complex group algebras of the double covers of the symmetric and alternating groups

Christine Bessenrodt, Hung Nguyen, Jørn Olsson, and Hung Tong-Viet

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Abstract

We prove that the double covers of the alternating and symmetric groups are determined by their complex group algebras. To be more precise, let n 5 be an integer, G a finite group, and let Ân and Ŝn± denote the double covers of An and Sn, respectively. We prove that GÂn if and only if GÂn, and GŜn+Ŝn if and only if GŜn+ or Ŝn. This in particular completes the proof of a conjecture proposed by the second and fourth authors that every finite quasisimple group is determined uniquely up to isomorphism by the structure of its complex group algebra. The known results on prime power degrees and relatively small degrees of irreducible (linear and projective) representations of the symmetric and alternating groups together with the classification of finite simple groups play an essential role in the proofs.

Article information

Source
Algebra Number Theory, Volume 9, Number 3 (2015), 601-628.

Dates
Received: 19 May 2014
Revised: 13 January 2015
Accepted: 23 February 2015
First available in Project Euclid: 16 November 2017

Permanent link to this document
https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ant/1510842313

Digital Object Identifier
doi:10.2140/ant.2015.9.601

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR3340546

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
1321.20011

Subjects
Primary: 20C30: Representations of finite symmetric groups
Secondary: 20C15: Ordinary representations and characters 20C33: Representations of finite groups of Lie type

Keywords
symmetric groups alternating groups complex group algebras Schur covers double covers irreducible representations character degrees

Citation

Bessenrodt, Christine; Nguyen, Hung; Olsson, Jørn; Tong-Viet, Hung. Complex group algebras of the double covers of the symmetric and alternating groups. Algebra Number Theory 9 (2015), no. 3, 601--628. doi:10.2140/ant.2015.9.601. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ant/1510842313


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