Locally cyclic group
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Definition
A group is termed locally cyclic if it satisfies the following equivalent conditions:
- Every finitely generated subgroup of the group is cyclic.
- The subgroup generated by any two elements of the group is cyclic.
- It is isomorphic to a subquotient (i.e., a quotient group of a subgroup) of the group of rational numbers.
- Its lattice of subgroups is a distributive lattice. In other words, the operations of join of subgroups and intersection of subgroups distribute over each other.
Equivalence of definitions
Further information: Locally cyclic iff subquotient of rationals, Locally cyclic iff distributive lattice of subgroups
(1) and (2) are clearly equivalent. For the equivalence of (1) and (2) with (3), refer locally cyclic iff subquotient of rationals. For the equivalence with (4), refer locally cyclic iff distributive lattice of subgroups.
Examples
- For finite groups, this coincide with being a cyclic group (and hence, a finite cyclic group).
- For infinite groups, this could be the group of integers (the only infinite cyclic group), a quasicyclic group, or any other subquotient of the group of rationals.
Metaproperties
Metaproperty name | Satisfied? | Proof | Statement with symbols |
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subgroup-closed group property | Yes | If is a locally cyclic group and is a subgroup of , then is also a locally cyclic group. | |
quotient-closed group property | Yes | If is a locally cyclic group and is a normal subgroup of , then the quotient group is also a locally cyclic group. | |
finite direct product-closed group property | No | See next column | It is possible to have groups such that both and are locally cyclic but the external direct product is not locally cyclic. In fact, any choice of nontrivial gives an example. |
lattice-determined group property | Yes | locally cyclic iff distributive lattice of subgroups | Given two lattice-isomorphic groups , either both and are locally cyclic or neither is. The explicit condition for being locally cyclic is that the lattice of subgroups is distributive. |
Relation with other properties
Stronger properties
Property | Meaning | Proof of implication | Proof of strictness (reverse implication failure) | Intermediate notions |
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cyclic group | generated by one element | locally cyclic not implies cyclic | |FULL LIST, MORE INFO |
Weaker properties
Property | Meaning | Proof of implication | Proof of strictness (reverse implication failure) | Intermediate notions |
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abelian group | any two elements commute | locally cyclic implies abelian | abelian not implies locally cyclic | Epabelian group|FULL LIST, MORE INFO |
epabelian group | abelian and the Schur multiplier is trivial | locally cyclic implies epabelian | |FULL LIST, MORE INFO | |
group whose automorphism group is abelian | automorphism group is abelian | locally cyclic implies abelian automorphism group | abelian and abelian automorphism group not implies locally cyclic | |FULL LIST, MORE INFO |
group with at most n elements of order dividing n | |FULL LIST, MORE INFO | |||
group in which every finite subgroup is cyclic | every finite subgroup is cyclic | Group with at most n elements of order dividing n|FULL LIST, MORE INFO |