# Supergroups of alternating group:A6

This article gives specific information, namely, supergroups, about a particular group, namely: alternating group:A6.

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This article discusses some of the groups that admit the alternating group of degree six as a subgroup, quotient group, or subquotient.

Note that unlike the discussion of the subgroup structure of alternating group:A6, this discussion is necessarily not comprehensive, because there are infinitely many groups containing the alternating group of degree four.

## Subgroups and quotients: essential minimalist examples

### Subgroups: making some or all the outer automorphisms inner

All the groups listed here are almost simple groups, because alternating group:A6 is a simple non-abelian group.

The outer automorphism group of alternating group:A6 is a Klein four-group. In particular, it has order 4. By the fourth isomorphism theorem, subgroups of the automorphism group containing the inner automorphism group correspond to subgroups of the outer automorphism group, which is the quotient group of the automorphism group by the inner automorphism group.

Since alternating group:A6 is a centerless group, it is identified naturally with its inner automorphism group, so each of the subgroups of the automorphism group containing the inner automorphism group is *also* a group containing as a self-centralizing normal subgroup. The whole automorphism group contains as a NSCFN-subgroup.

Below is the complete list of these groups.:

Group containing and contained in (this is an almost simple group) | Corresponding subgroup of viewed as Klein four-group | Order of group | Order of corresponding subgroup of = index of in group = order of group/360 | Second part of GAP ID of big group (GAP ID is (order,2nd part)) |
---|---|---|---|---|

alternating group:A6 | trivial subgroup | 360 | 1 | 118 |

symmetric group:S6 | one of the three copies of Z2 in V4 | 720 | 2 | 763 |

projective general linear group:PGL(2,9) | one of the three copies of Z2 in V4 | 720 | 2 | 764 |

Mathieu group:M10 | one of the three copies of Z2 in V4 | 720 | 2 | 765 |

automorphism group of alternating group:A6 | whole group | 1440 | 4 | 5841 |

### Quotients: Stem extensions and Schur covering groups

All the groups listed here are quasisimple groups, because alternating group:A6 is a simple non-abelian group.

`Further information: Group cohomology of alternating group:A6#Schur multiplier, group cohomology of alternating groups`

The Schur multiplier of alternating group:A6 is cyclic group:Z6, i.e., the group . For each of the possible quotient groups of , there is a *unique* stem extension with that as base normal subgroup and alternating group:A6 as quotient. The stem extension for the whole Schur multiplier is the unique Schur covering group, also called the universal central extension.

Note that *uniqueness* follows from being a perfect group.

The list is below:

Group at base of stem extension | Order | Corresponding stem extension group (this is a quasisimple group) | Order | Second part of GAP ID (GAP ID is (order,second part)) |
---|---|---|---|---|

trivial group | 1 | alternating group:A6 | 360 | 118 |

cyclic group:Z2 | 2 | special linear group:SL(2,9), also denoted to indicate that it is a double cover of alternating group | 720 | 409 |

cyclic group:Z3 | 3 | triple cover of alternating group:A6 | 1080 | 260 |

cyclic group:Z6 | 6 | Schur cover of alternating group:A6 | 2160 | (ID not available for this order) |