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    On a conjecture of Street and Whitehead on locally maximal product-free sets

    Anabanti, Chimere and Hart, Sarah (2015) On a conjecture of Street and Whitehead on locally maximal product-free sets. Technical Report. Birkbeck, University of London, London, UK.

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    Let S be a non-empty subset of a group G. We say S is product-free if S \ SS = ?, and S is locally maximal if whenever T is product-free and S � T, then S = T. Finally S fills G if G� � S t SS (where G� is the set of all non-identity elements of G), and G is a filled group if every locally maximal product-free set in G fills G. Street and Whitehead [8] investigated filled groups and gave a classification of filled abelian groups. In this paper, we obtain some results about filled groups in the non-abelian case, including a classification of filled groups of odd order. Street and Whitehead conjectured that the finite dihedral group of order 2n is not filled when n = 6k + 1 (k � 1). We disprove this conjecture on dihedral groups, and in doing so obtain a classification of locally maximal product-free sets of sizes 3 and 4 in dihedral groups, continuing earlier work in [1] and [6].


    Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
    Additional Information: Birkbeck Pure Mathematics Preprint Series #12
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2019 13:18
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:46


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