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Growth estimates and diameter bounds for classical Chevalley groups

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  • UserHarald Helfgott (CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique), Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)
  • ClockThursday 02 June 2022, 16:00-17:00
  • HouseSeminar Room 1, Newton Institute.

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GRA2 - Groups, representations and applications: new perspectives

Babai’s conjecture states that, for any finite simple non-abelian group G, the diameter of G is bounded by (log |G|)C for some absolute constant C. We prove that, for any classical Chevalley group G of rank r defined over a field F_q with q not too small with respect to r,   diam(G(F_q)) <= (log |G(F_q)|){1947 r4 log 2r}.   This bound improves on results by Breuillard-Green-Tao and Pyber-Szabó, and, for q large enough, also on Halasi-Maróti-Pyber-Qiao. Our bound is achieved by way of giving dimensional estimates for certain subvarieties of G, i.e. estimates of the form |A∩V(F_q)| << |AC|^{dim(V)/dim(G)} valid for all generating sets A. We also provide an explicit dimensional estimate for general subvarieties of G.  (joint with D. Dona and J. Bajpai)

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