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2012.91: Frobenius groups of automorphisms and their fixed points

2012.91: E. I. Khukhro, N. Yu. Makarenko and P. Shumyatsky (2011) Frobenius groups of automorphisms and their fixed points. Forum Mathematicum, to appear.

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Suppose that a finite group $G$ admits a Frobenius group of automorphisms $FH$ with kernel $F$ and complement $H$ such that the fixed-point subgroup of $F$ is trivial: $C_G(F)=1$. In this situation various properties of $G$ are shown to be close to the corresponding properties of $C_G(H)$. By using Clifford's theorem it is proved that the order $|G|$ is bounded in terms of $|H|$ and $|C_G(H)|$, the rank of $G$ is bounded in terms of $|H|$ and the rank of $C_G(H)$, and that $G$ is nilpotent if $C_G(H)$ is nilpotent. Lie ring methods are used for bounding the exponent and the nilpotency class of $G$ in the case of metacyclic $FH$. The exponent of $G$ is bounded in terms of $|FH|$ and the exponent of $C_G(H)$ by using Lazard's Lie algebra associated with the Jennings--Zassenhaus filtration and its connection with powerful subgroups. The nilpotency class of $G$ is bounded in terms of $|H|$ and the nilpotency class of $C_G(H)$ by considering Lie rings with a finite cyclic grading satisfying a certain `selective nilpotency' condition. The latter technique also yields similar results bounding the nilpotency class of Lie rings and algebras with a metacyclic Frobenius group of automorphisms, with corollaries for connected Lie groups and torsion-free locally nilpotent groups with such groups of automorphisms. Examples show that such nilpotency results are no longer true for non-metacyclic Frobenius groups of automorphisms.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Frobenius group, automorphism, finite group, exponent, Lie ring, Lie algebra, Lie group, graded, solvable, nilpotent
Subjects:MSC 2000 > 17 Nonassociative rings and algebras
MSC 2000 > 20 Group theory and generalizations
MIMS number:2012.91
Deposited By:Professor Evgeny Khukhro
Deposited On:18 October 2012

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