### Instructor

### Time and Location

MWF Per. 7, Little 237.

### Office Hours:

(Tentative) MTW Per. 6, Little 432, and by appointment.

### Description and Goals

Group representation theory is the study of group

actions on vector spaces where each group element acts as a linear transformation.

We will concentrate the case of finite groups, but we will consider

vector spaces both of characteristic 0 (“ordinary” representation theory)

and of characteristic p (“modular” representation theory). The aim will be

to alternate between developing the theory and examining examples.

### Part I. Generalities.

We shall begin with general background on modules that apply in all cases and work out

some small examples. Topics include:

Group algebras; modules and representations; direct sums and indecomposable modules;

Hom spaces,tensor products; canonical isomorphisms; induction and restriction,

permutation modules; the trace map, tensor identity, Nakayama relations (Frobius reciprocity); Mackey formula.

### Part II. Character Theory.

In the ordinary theory all modules are semisimple and the theory can be further developed

in the form of character theory. Highlights will include Burnside’s p^aq^b Theorem and

Frobenius’s Theorem, and Brauer’s characterization of characters. These

are spectacular applications of character theory to answer questions about groups.

### Part III. Modular representation theory.

The modular theory is more subtle and homological algebra comes into play.

We shall consider projective modules, extensions, and filtrations.

The ordinary and modular theories are tied together by the study of modules

over a local principal ideal domain whose quotient field is of characteristic zero

and whose residue field is of characteristic p. This leads to Brauer’s block theory, whereby ordinary and modular representations are grouped into “blocks”.

Block theory leads to deeper arithmetical results on characters through

the study of modular representations, and also has many fascinating

problems of its own. We hope to end by discussing a famous

conjecture of Alperin which is now one of the main focal points in this subject.

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