Free factor implies self-normalizing or trivial

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This article gives the statement and possibly, proof, of an implication relation between two subgroup properties. That is, it states that every subgroup satisfying the first subgroup property (i.e., free factor) must also satisfy the second subgroup property (i.e., self-normalizing subgroup)
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Suppose G = H * K, i.e., G is a free product of subgroups H and K, so H is a free factor of G. Suppose further that H is a nontrivial group. Then, H is a self-normalizing subgroup of G: N_G(H) = H.


Given: A free product G = H * K.

To prove: H is self-normalizing in G.

Proof: Suppose H is not self-normalizing in G. Pick any g \in N_G(H) \setminus H. Then we can write g uniquely as an alternating product of elements from H and K, with at least one letter from K. If the first letter for the unique expression for g is h \in H, we can replace g by h^{-1}g to get a new element in N_G(H) whose first letter is in K. Similarly, if the last letter is h' \in H, we can replace g by gh'^{-1} to get a new element in N_G(H) whose last letter is in K. Thus, we can, without loss of generality, assume that:

g = k_1h_1 \dots k_{n-1}h_{n-1}k_n

where each h_i \in H, k_i \in K, and all elements are non-identity elements. Now, consider any non-identity element h \in H (we can do this because H is a nontrivial group). Clearly, the word ghg^{-1} is also a reduced word, and since this word has length more than one, we see that ghg^{-1} \notin H. This contradicts the assumption that g \in N_G(H), completing the proof.