On Some Applications of Group Representation Theory to Algebraic Problems Related to the Congruence Principle for Equivariant Maps

Zalman Balanov, Mikhail Muzychuk, Hao-pin Wu

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Abstract

Given a finite group $G$ and two unitary $G$-representations $V$ and $W$, possible restrictions on Brouwer degrees of equivariant maps between representation spheres $S(V)$ and $S(W)$ are usually expressed in a form of congruences modulo the greatest common divisor of lengths of orbits in $S(V)$ (denoted $\alpha(V)$). Effective applications of these congruences is limited by answers to the following questions: (i) under which conditions, is ${\alpha}(V)>1$? and (ii) does there exist an equivariant map with the degree easy to calculate? In the present paper, we address both questions. We show that ${\alpha}(V)>1$ for each irreducible non-trivial $C[G]$-module if and only if $G$ is solvable. For non-solvable groups, we use 2-transitive actions to construct complex representations with non-trivial ${\alpha}$-characteristic. Regarding the second question, we suggest a class of Norton algebras without 2-nilpotents giving rise to equivariant quadratic maps, which admit an explicit formula for the Brouwer degree.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherarXiv:1706.02756 [math.RT]
StatePublished - 2017

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