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SEMINAR: Groups and Combinatorics Seminars

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Groups and Combinatorics Seminars

Eric Swartz (Binghamton)

will speak on

Locally 2-arc transitive graphs admitting an almost simple group of Suzuki type

at 3pm in MLR2


Jan Saxl (Cambridge)

will speak on

Conjugation characters of simple groups

at 4pm in MLR2

Abstract 1: A graph Gamma is said to be locally (G,2)-arc transitive for G a subgroup of Aut(Gamma) if Gamma contains a 2-arc, and, for any vertex alpha of Gamma, G is transitive on the 2-arcs of Gamma starting at alpha. In this talk, we will discuss general results involving locally (G,2)-arc transitive graphs and recent progress toward the classification of the locally (G,2)-arc transitive graphs, where G is a subgroup of Aut(Sz(q)) with soc(G) = Sz(q), q = 2^m for some odd natural number m. In particular, we will discuss seven families of vertex-intransitive locally (G,2)-arc transitive graphs. Furthermore, for any graph Gamma in one of these families, the full automorphism group of Gamma is a subgroup of Aut(Sz(q)), and the only locally 2-arc transitive graphs admitting an almost simple group of Suzuki type whose vertices all have valency at least three are (i) graphs in these seven families, (ii) (vertex transitive) 2-arc transitive graphs admitting an almost simple group of Suzuki type, or (iii) double covers of the graphs in (ii). Since the graphs in (ii) have been classified by Fang and Praeger (``Finite two-arc transitive graphs admitting a Suzuki simple group," Comm. Alg., 27(8):3727-3754, 1999), this completes the classification of locally 2-arc transitive graphs admitting a Suzuki simple group.

Abstract 2: In this talk we consider two problems concerning ordinary representations of simple groups: characters of conjugation actions, and squares of irreducible characters. These turn out to be closely related. This is joint work with Heide, A. Zalesskii, and Tiep.
Speaker(s) Eric Swartz and Jan Saxl
Contact Michael Giudici <[email protected]>
Start Wed, 25 Jan 2012 15:00
End Wed, 25 Jan 2012 17:00
Submitted by Michael Giudici <[email protected]>
Last Updated Tue, 24 Jan 2012 12:03
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