> Dear GAP-forum,
> the group SL(2) over the ring Z/qZ (for example q=12 is interesting)
> admits a twofold covering, the mataplectic group.
> What is the best way to get it into GAP?
If memory serves, when q is prime a thrm of Steinberg implies that such
a covering splits. GAP's DirectProduct command will then do the trick.
Do you know how to define the cocycle on SL(2,Z/qZ) when q is not
a prime? - David Joyner
Prof David Joyner, Mathematics Department
U. S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD 21402
phone: (410) 293-6738