Sylow and TI implies CDIN

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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., Sylow TI-subgroup) must also satisfy the second subgroup property (i.e., CDIN-subgroup)
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Suppose G is a finite group, p is a prime, and P is a p-Sylow subgroup of G that is also a TI-subgroup (?): any conjugate of P is either equal to P or intersects it trivially. Then P is a CDIN-subgroup of G: any two elements of P that are conjugate in G are conjugate in N_G(P).

In fact, something stronger is true: the original conjugating element is itself in N_G(P).

Related facts

Facts used

  1. Alperin's fusion theorem in terms of tame intersections
  2. Sylow implies order-conjugate


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Given: A finite group G, a prime p, a p-Sylow subgroup P of G such that the intersection of P with any distinct conjugate of itself is trivial.

To prove: If x,y \in P are conjugate by g \in G, then x and y are conjugate in N_G(P). In fact, g \in N_G(P).

Proof: If x or y is the identity element, so is the other, and in this case we are done. So, we can assume that neither x nor y is the identity element.

By fact (1), there exist p-Sylow subgroups Q_1, Q_2, \dots, Q_n such that P \cap Q_i is a tame intersection, and elements g_i \in N_G(P \cap Q_i) such that g = g_1g_2 \dots g_n and x^{g_1g_2 \dots g_r} \in P \cap Q_{r+1} for 1 \le r \le n - 1.

However, since P is TI, its intersection with any other Sylow subgroup (note also fact (2)) is trivial. Since x^{g_1g_2\dots g_r} \in P \cap Q_{r+1}, we are forced to have that all the P \cap Q_i are nontrivial, and hence, equal to P. This forces Q_i = P for all i, hence g_i \in N_G(P). Hence, g, which is the product of the g_is, is in N_G(P), and x and y are conjugate via an element in N_G(P).


Textbook references

  • Finite Groups by Daniel Gorenstein, ISBN 0821843427, Page 254, Theorem 4.6, Chapter 7 (Fusion, transfer and p-factor groups), More info