Direct product of D8 and Z2

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This particular group is a finite group of order: 16


This group is defined in the following ways:

A presentation for it is:

G := \langle a,x,y \mid a^4 = x^2 = y^2 = e, xax = a^{-1}, ya = ay, xy = yx \rangle.


Upto conjugacy

There are ten conjugacy classes:

  1. The identity element. (1)
  2. The element a^2. (1)
  3. The element y. (1)
  4. The element a^2y . (1)
  5. The two-element conjugacy class comprising a and a^3. (2)
  6. The two-element conjugacy class comprising ay and a^3y. (2)
  7. The two-element conjugacy class comprising x and a^2x. (2)
  8. The two-element conjugacy class comprising xy and a^2xy. (2)
  9. The two-element conjugacy class comprising ax and a^3x. (2)
  10. The two-element conjugacy class comprising axy and a^3xy. (2)

Upto automorphism

Under the action of the automorphism group, the conjugacy classes (3) and (4) are in the same orbit -- in other words, y and a^2y are related by an automorphism. The conjugacy classes (5) and (6) are equivalent, and the conjugacy classes (7)-(10) are equivalent. Thus, the equivalence classes have sizes 1,1,2,4,8.

Arithmetic functions

Function Value Explanation
order 16
exponent 4 Cyclic subgroup of order four in dihedral part.
nilpotency class 2
derived length 2
Frattini length 2
Fitting length 1
minimum size of generating set 3 Generating set of dihedral direct factor and generating element for other direct factor (also equal to rank of Frattini quotient).
subgroup rank 3
max-length 4
rank as p-group 3 Direct product of Klein four-subgroup of first direct factor with second direct factor.
normal rank 3 Direct product of Klein four-subgroup of first direct factor with second direct factor.
characteristic rank of a p-group 2 Center is a Klein four-subgroup, no characteristic elementary abelian subgroups of order eight

Group properties

Property Satisfied? Explanation Comment
Abelian group No a and x don't commute
Nilpotent group Yes Prime power order implies nilpotent
Metacyclic group No
Supersolvable group Yes Finite nilpotent implies supersolvable
Solvable group Yes Nilpotent implies solvable
T-group No \langle x \rangle \triangleleft \langle a^2,x \rangle, which is normal, but \langle x \rangle is not normal Smallest example for normality is not transitive.
Monolithic group No Center is Klein four-group, any subgroup of order two is minimal normal.
One-headed group No Distinct maximal subgroups of order eight.
SC-group No
ACIC-group Yes Every automorph-conjugate subgroup is characteristic
Rational group Yes Any two elements that generate the same cyclic group are conjugate Thus, all characters are integer-valued.
Rational-representation group Yes All representations over characteristic zero are realized over the rationals. Contrast with quaternion group, that is rational but not rational-representation.
Directly indecomposable group No
Centrally indecomposable group No
UL-equivalent group No It is a direct product of groups of different nilpotency class values See also nilpotent not implies UL-equivalent


Further information: Subgroup structure of direct product of D8 and Z2

The group has the following subgroups:

  1. The trivial group. (1)
  2. The cyclic group \langle a^2 \rangle of order two. This is central, and is also the set of squares. Isomorphic to cyclic group:Z2. (1)
  3. The subgroups \langle y \rangle and \langle a^2y \rangle. These are both central subgroups of order two, but are related by an outer automorphism. Isomorphic to cyclic group:Z2. (2)
  4. The subgroups \langle x \rangle, \langle ax \rangle, \langle a^2x \rangle, \langle a^3x \rangle, \langle xy \rangle, \langle axy \rangle, \langle a^2xy \rangle, and \langle a^3xy \rangle. These are all related by automorphisms, and are all 2-subnormal subgroups. They come in four conjugacy classes, namely the class \langle x \rangle, \langle a^2x \rangle, the class \langle ax \rangle, \langle a^3x \rangle, the class \langle xy \rangle, \langle a^2xy, and the class \langle axy \rangle, \langle a^3xy \rangle. Isomorphic to cyclic group:Z2. (8)
  5. The subgroup \langle a^2, y \rangle. This is the center, hence is a characteristic subgroup. Isomorphic to Klein four-group. (1)
  6. The subgroups \langle a^2, x \rangle, \langle a^2, ax \rangle, \langle a^2, xy \rangle, and \langle a^2, axy \rangle. These are all normal subgroups, but are related by outer automorphisms. Isomorphic to Klein four-group. (4)
  7. The subgroups \langle y, x \rangle, \langle y, ax \rangle, \langle y, a^2x \rangle, \langle y, a^3x, \langle a^2y, x \rangle, \langle a^2y, ax, \langle a^2y, a^2x \rangle, \langle a^2y, a^3x \rangle. These subgroups are all 2-subnormal subgroups and are related by outer automorphisms, and they come in four conjugacy classes of size two. Isomorphic to Klein four-group. (8)
  8. The subgroups \langle a \rangle and \langle ay \rangle. They are all normal and are related via outer automorphisms. Isomorphic to cyclic group:Z4. (2)
  9. The subgroups \langle a^2,x,y \rangle and \langle a^2, ax, y \rangle. These are normal and are related by outer automorphisms. Isomorphic to elementary abelian group of order eight. (2)
  10. The subgroups \langle a,x \rangle, \langle a, xy \rangle, \langle ay, x \rangle and \langle ay, xy \rangle. These are both normal and are related by an outer automorphism. Isomorphic to dihedral group:D8. (4)
  11. The subgroup \langle a, y \rangle. This is a characteristic subgroup. Isomorphic to direct product of Z4 and Z2. (1)
  12. The whole group. (1)

GAP implementation

Group ID

This finite group has order 16 and has ID 11 among the groups of order 16 in GAP's SmallGroup library. For context, there are 14 groups of order 16. It can thus be defined using GAP's SmallGroup function as:


For instance, we can use the following assignment in GAP to create the group and name it G:

gap> G := SmallGroup(16,11);

Conversely, to check whether a given group G is in fact the group we want, we can use GAP's IdGroup function:

IdGroup(G) = [16,11]

or just do:


to have GAP output the group ID, that we can then compare to what we want.

Other descriptions

It can be described as a direct product: