Generation of finite simple groups
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 Carlisle King, Imperial College
 Friday 12 February 2016, 15:0016:00
 CMS, MR4.
If you have a question about this talk, please contact Nicolas Dupré.
Given a finite simple group G, it is natural to ask how many elements are needed to generate G. It has been shown that all finite simple groups are generated by a pair elements. A natural refinement is then to ask whether the orders of the generating elements may be restricted: given a pair of integers (a,b), does there exist a pair of elements (x,y) generating G with x of order a and y of order b? If such a pair exists, we say G is (a,b)generated. I will explore some past results regarding (2,3)generation as well as a new result on (2,p)generation for some prime p.
This talk is part of the Junior Algebra/Logic/Number Theory seminar series.
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