# Semisimple group

This article defines a group property: a property that can be evaluated to true/false for any given group, invariant under isomorphism

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*The term semisimple has also been used at some places for a group whose solvable radical is trivial, which is equivalent to being a Fitting-free group*

## Contents

## Definition

### Symbol-free definition

A group is said to be **semisimple** if it occurs as a central product of (possibly more than two) quasisimple groups.

### Definition with symbols

A group is said to be semisimple if there are subgroups such that:

- Each is quasisimple
- The s generate
- The group is trivial for all

## Relation with other properties

### Stronger properties

Property | Meaning | Proof of implication | Proof of strictness (reverse implication failure) | Intermediate notions |
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simple non-Abelian group | ||||

quasisimple group | ||||

characteristically simple group |

### Weaker properties

Property | Meaning | Proof of implication | Proof of strictness (reverse implication failure) | Intermediate notions |
---|---|---|---|---|

perfect group | equals its own derived subgroup | semisimple implies perfect | perfect not implies semisimple |

## Metaproperties

Every finite group can be realized as a subgroup of a semisimple group. This follows from the fact that every finite group can be realized as a subgroup of a simple non-Abelian group.

### Quotients

This group property is quotient-closed, viz., any quotient of a group satisfying the property also has the property

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Every quotient of a semisimple group is semisimple. This follows from the fact that every quotient of a quasisimple group is quasisimple, and that a central product is preserved on going to the quotient.

### Direct products

This group property is direct product-closed, viz., the direct product of an arbitrary (possibly infinite) family of groups each having the property, also has the property

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A direct product of semisimple groups is semisimple. In fact, any central product of semisimple groups is semisimple.