Hall retract implies order-conjugate

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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., Hall retract) must also satisfy the second subgroup property (i.e., order-conjugate subgroup)
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This result is often stated as the conjugacy part of the Schur-Zassenhaus theorem.


Suppose G is a finite group and H is a Hall retract of G. In other words, H is a Hall subgroup of G that is also a retract: there exists a normal complement N to H in G. Note that N is thus a normal Hall subgroup. Assume, further, that either N or H is a solvable group.

Then, if there is any subgroup K of G of the same order as H, H and K are conjugate subgroups.

Note that the assumption that either N or H is a solvable group is superfluous because, as a corollary of the odd-order theorem, given two groups of coprime order, one of them is solvable.


We reduce the problem to basic cases by induction on the order.

Given: A finite group G. A normal \pi-Hall subgroup N of G, and two \pi'Hall subgroups H,K of G.

To prove: H is conjugate to K.


  1. Reduction to the case that N is minimal normal in G: Suppose M is a nontrivial normal subgroup of G properly contained in N. Let \varphi:G \to G/M be the quotient map. \varphi(N) is normal \pi-Hall in G/N, and \varphi(H), \varphi(K) are \pi'-Hall subgroups. By the inductive hypothesis, \varphi(H) and \varphi(K) are conjugate in G/N. Suppose g \in G is such that \varphi(g) conjugates \varphi(H) to \varphi(K). Then, g conjugates H to some \pi'-Hall subgroup inside \varphi^{-1}(\varphi(K)) = KM. Thus, it suffices to show that any \pi'-Hall subgroup of KM is conjugate to K. This again follows by the inductive hypothesis on the order, since M is normal \pi-Hall in KM.
  2. Reduction to the case that O_{\pi'}(G) is trivial; in other words, G has no nontrivial normal \pi'-subgroups: Suppose L is a nontrivial normal \pi'-subgroup of G. Then, by the product formula, LH and LK are \pi'-subgroups, and since H,K are Hall, this forces L \le H and L \le K. Consider the quotient map \alpha:G \to G/L. Under this quotient map, \alpha(N) is a normal \pi-Hall subgroup, and \alpha(H), \alpha(K) are \pi'-Hall. The inductive hypothesis yields that \alpha(H) and \alpha(K) are conjugate in G/L. Since H and K both contain the kernel of \alpha, this yields that H and K are conjugate in G.
  3. Resolution of the case where H is solvable: PLACEHOLDER FOR INFORMATION TO BE FILLED IN: [SHOW MORE]
  4. Resolution of the case where N is solvable: PLACEHOLDER FOR INFORMATION TO BE FILLED IN: [SHOW MORE]


  • Finite Groups by Daniel Gorenstein, ISBN 0821843427, Page 221, Theorem 2.1(ii), Chapter 6 (Solvable and pi-solvable groups), Section 6.2 (The Schur-Zassenhaus theorem), More info