Conjugacy functor

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This article defines a particular kind of map (functor) from a set of subgroups of a group to a set (possibly the same set) of subgroups


Origin of the term

The term was first used in the paper Transfer and fusion in finite groups by Alperin and Gorenstein in the Journal of Algebra, 6 (1967), Pages 242-255.


Definition with symbols

Let G be a group and p a prime. A conjugacy functor is a map W from the collection of nontrivial p-subgroups of G to the collection of nontrivial p-subgroups of G that satisfies:

  • For any p-subgroup H, W(H) \le H.
  • For any p-subgroup H, and any x \in G, xW(H)x^{-1} = W(xHx^{-1}).


Examples of conjugacy functors include the identity mapping, the functors corresponding to different possible Thompson subgroups, and the ZJ-functor.

Note also that any central functor is a conjugacy functor. Also, every characteristic p-functor is a conjugacy functor.


Textbook references

  • Finite Groups by Daniel Gorenstein, ISBN 0821843427, Page 288, Chapter 8 (p-constrained and p-stable groups), Section 4 (groups with subgroups of Glauberman type), More info

Journal references