Absolute center

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The concept appears to have first been systematically discussed in Hegarty's 1994 paper.


The absolute center of a group G, sometimes denoted L(G) is defined as the fixed-point subgroup in G under the action of the whole automorphism group \operatorname{Aut}(G). In symbols, it is the subset:

\{ g \in G \mid \sigma(g) = g \ \forall \ \sigma \in \operatorname{Aut}(G) \}

Relation with other subgroup-defining functions

Larger subgroup-defining functions

Subgroup properties

Properties satisfied

Property Meaning Proof of satisfaction
central subgroup contained in the center by definition
central factor product with centralizer is whole group follows from being a central subgroup
hereditarily normal subgroup every subgroup of it is normal follows from being central
characteristic subgroup invariant under all automorphisms every element in the subgroup is invariant under all automorphisms, so the whole group is
fixed-point subgroup of a subgroup of the automorphism group there is a subgroup of the automorphism group for which this is precisely the set of fixed points in this case, the subgroup in question is the whole automorphism group
local powering-invariant subgroup unique n^{th} root (in the whole group) of any element in the subgroup must be in the subgroup follows from being a fixed-point subgroup of a subgroup of the automorphism group, along with the fact that fixed-point subgroup of a subgroup of the automorphism group implies local powering-invariant
powering-invariant subgroup powered for all primes that power the group follows from being local powering-invariant
quotient-powering-invariant subgroup the quotient group is powered over all primes that the whole group is powered over. followed from powering-invariant and central implies quotient-powering-invariant

Properties not satisfied

In general, any example that shows that the center does not have a given property, and where the center is cyclic group:Z2, can be used to show that the absolute center also does not have the property. Below is a partial (to be expanded) list:

Property Meaning Proof of dissatisfaction
fully invariant subgroup invariant under all endomorphisms example for center not is fully invariant where the center is cyclic group:Z2 works, because in this case the absolute center must equal the center.