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Seminario: “A counterexample to the first Zassenhaus conjecture for units in integral group rings”

Venerdì 22 Febbraio 2019, ore 14:30 - Aula 2AB40 - Leo Margolis

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Venerdì 22 Febbraio 2019 alle ore 14:30 in Aula 2AB40, Leo Margolis (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) terrà un seminario dal titolo “A counterexample to the first Zassenhaus conjecture for units in integral group rings”.

Abstract
Initiated by G. Higman in 1940 research on the unit group of the integral group ring ZG of a finite group G has uncovered many interesting interactions between ring, group, representation and number theory. A conjecture of H. Zassenhaus from 1974 stated that any unit of finite order in ZG should be as trivial as one can possibly expect. More precisely it should be conjugate in the rational group algebra QG to an element of the form g for some g in G. I will recall some history of the problem and related questions and then present a recently found counterexample. The existence of the counterexample is equivalent to showing the existence of a certain module over an integral group ring. Considering intermediate problems by variation of the coefficient ring allows to boil down the conjecture for a certain class of groups to questions which can be solved by elementary calculations.
This is joint work with Florian Eisele.