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The exact spread of M23 is 8064

Fairbairn, Ben (2012) The exact spread of M23 is 8064. International Journal of Group Theory 1 (1), pp. 1-2. ISSN 2251-7650.

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Let G be a finite group. We say that G has spread r if for any set of distinct non-trivial elements of G X:={x1,...,xr} there exists an element y in G with the property that <xi,yi>=G for every i=1,...,r. We say G has exact spread r if G has spread r but not r+1. The spreads of finite simple groups and their decorations have been much-studied since the concept was first introduced by Brenner and Wiegold in the mid 1970s. Despite this, the exact spread of very few finite groups, and in particular of the finite simple groups and their decorations, is known. Here we calculate the exact spread of the sporadic simple Mathieu group M23, proving that it is equal to 8064. The precise value of the exact spread of a sporadic simple group is known in only one other case - the Mathieu group M11.

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Economics, Mathematics and Statistics
Depositing User: Dr Ben Fairbairn
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2012 11:58
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:33

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