Seminario

Seminario Teoría de Grupos

A counterexample to the Modular Isomorphism Problem

Ponente:  Leo Margolis (ICMAT)
Fecha:  jueves 09 de septiembre de 2021 - 10:30
Lugar:  Aula Naranja (ICMAT) & online: conectaha.csic.es/b/yag-mxb-nuz-m1o

Resumen:

Say we are given only the ring structure of a group ring RG of a finite group G over a commutative ring R. Can we then find the isomorphism type of G as a group? This so-called Isomorphism Problem has obvious negative answers, considering e.g. abelian groups over the complex numbers, but more specific formulations have led to many deep results and beautiful mathematics. The last classical open formulation was the so-called Modular Isomorphism Problem: Does the isomorphism type of kG as a ring determine the isomorphism type of G as a group, if G is a p-group and k a field of characteristic p?

After giving an overview of some history of general isomorphism problems and the state of knowledge on the modular formulation, I will present a recently found counterexample to the Modular Isomorphism Problem and give an idea which techniques were used to find it.
This is joint work with Diego García and Ángel del Río.