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The Covering Numbers of Some Finite Simple Groups

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2019
Abstract/Description:
A finite cover C of a group G is a finite collection of proper subgroups of G such that G is equal to the union of all of the members of C. Such a cover is called minimal if it has the smallest cardinality among all finite covers of G. The covering number of G, denoted by σ(G), is the number of subgroups in a minimal cover of G. Here we determine the covering numbers of the projective special unitary groups U3(q) for q ≤ 5, and give upper and lower bounds for the covering number of U3(q) when q > 5. We also determine the covering number of the McLaughlin sporadic simple group, and verify previously known results on the covering numbers of the Higman-Sims and Held groups.
Title: The Covering Numbers of Some Finite Simple Groups.
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Name(s): Epstein, Michael, author
Magliveras, Spyros S., Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 2019
Date Issued: 2019
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 104 p.
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: A finite cover C of a group G is a finite collection of proper subgroups of G such that G is equal to the union of all of the members of C. Such a cover is called minimal if it has the smallest cardinality among all finite covers of G. The covering number of G, denoted by σ(G), is the number of subgroups in a minimal cover of G. Here we determine the covering numbers of the projective special unitary groups U3(q) for q ≤ 5, and give upper and lower bounds for the covering number of U3(q) when q > 5. We also determine the covering number of the McLaughlin sporadic simple group, and verify previously known results on the covering numbers of the Higman-Sims and Held groups.
Identifier: FA00013203 (IID)
Degree granted: Dissertation (Ph.D.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2019.
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Includes bibliography.
Subject(s): Finite simple groups
Covering numbers
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