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2 Introduction


  1. Overview
  2. Background on (polycyclic) parametrised presentations
  3. Computation of Schur multiplicators
  4. Computation of low-dimensional cohomology
  5. Example

2.1 Overview

The coclass of a finite p-group of order pn and nilpotency class c is defined as nc. This invariant of finite p-groups has been introduced by Leedham-Green and Newman in LGN80 and it became of major importance in p-group theory.

A first tool in the classification of all p-groups of coclass r is the coclass graph G(p,r). Its vertices are the isomorphism types of finite p-groups of coclass r. Two vertices G and H are joined by an edge if G is isomorphic to the quotient H/γ(H) where γ(H) is the last non-trivial term of the lower series of H.

Du Sautoy dS00 and Eick and Leedham-Green ELG08 proved that G(p,r) contains certain periodic patterns. Eick and Leedham-Green ELG08 define infinite coclass sequences of finite p-groups of coclass r which underpin this periodic pattern. In G(2,r) and G(3,1) almost all groups are contained in an infinite coclass sequence.

Eick and Leedham-Green ELG08 also proved that the infinitely many p-groups in an infinite coclass sequence can be defined by a single parametrised presentation.

The first aim of this package is the definition of polycyclic parametrised presentations; these are parametrised presentations as defined by Eick and Leedham-Green ELG08 and additionally they have various features of polycyclic presentations. Each such presentation defines all the infinitely many finite p-groups in an infinite coclass sequence.

We then provide some algorithms to compute with polycyclic parametrised presentations. In particular, we introduce a generalisation of the collection algorithm for polycyclic parametrised presentations. Based on this, we describe algorithms to compute polycyclic parametrised presentations for Schur extensions, for the Schur multiplicator and for some low-dimensional cohomology groups. We refer to EF11 for details on the underlying algorithms and further references.

Finally, we exhibit a database of polycyclic parametrised presentations for the infinite coclass families of the finite 2-groups of coclass at most 2 and the finite 3-groups of coclass 1.

2.2 Background on (polycyclic) parametrised presentations

In this section we describe the polycyclic parametrised presentations (pp-presentations) for infinite coclass sequences.

Let (Gx | xN), where N denotes the natural numbers, be an infinite coclass sequence; x is the parameter of this infinite coclass sequence. Then every group Gx is an extension of a finite p-group P of order pn by an abelian p-group Tx of rank d. Furthermore, every Gx has a polycyclic presentation (short pp-presentation) on generators g1, …, gn, t1, …, td with relations of the form
gip = gi+1ai,i,i+1gnai,i,nt1αi,i,1(x)tdαi,i,d(x),
gigj = gj+1ai,j,j+1gnai,j,nt1αi,j,1(x)tdαi,j,d(x),
tkgi = t1bk,i,1(x)tdbk,i,d(x),
tktl = tk,
tkpx+e = 1,
where 1 ≤ j < in and 1 ≤ k < ld; certain ai,j,m ∈ {0, …, p−1}, a non-negative integer e, αk,l,m(x) of the form ck,l,m+pxdk,l,m and bk,l,m with bk,l,m,ck,l,m,dk,l,m certain p-adic integers. The p-adic exponents arising in the relations can be reduced modulo the relative orders of the involved elements and thus can be reduced to integers for every specific x.

We call such a pp-presentation integral if all the p-adic numbers bk,l,m, ck,l,m, dk,l,m are integers. Our algorithms introduced in this package compute with integral pp-presentations only.

We call such an pp-presentation consistent if for every xN the presentation is consistent as a polycyclic presentation; where we possibly reduce the exponents in the presentation modulo the relative orders of the generators.

2.3 Computation of Schur multiplicators

In this section we recall briefly the method of EF11 to determine the Schur multiplicators of almost all groups Gx in an infinite coclass sequence.

Suppose we are given a consistent integral pp-presentation F/Rx for the groups Gx in an infinite coclass sequence, where F is a free group and Rx is generated by parametrised relations as above. Note that the exponents in these relations depend on x, while the number of generators and the number of relations does not depend on the parameter.

Using this presentation we can define a parametrised presentation for the Schur extensions Gx* = F/[F,Rx], corresponding to the parametrised presentation F/Rx. The next step is to find the isomorphism types of Yx = Rx/[F,Rx] since M(Gx) ≅ (F′∩Rx)/[F,Rx] are the torsion subgroups of Yx as all Gx are finite p-groups.

Then Yx = Rx/[F,Rx] are generated by certain so-called consistency relations. Using this we can compute the isomorphism types of Yx and thus the isomorphism types of M(Gx) for almost all Gx in the chosen infinite coclass sequence.

2.4 Computation of low-dimensional cohomology

From the parametrised presentation F/Rx we can see that the Abelian invariants are the same for all groups Gx in an infinite coclass sequence, and we can compute them. Using this and the computation of the Schur multiplicators one obtains Hn(Gx,Z) and Hn(Gx,GF(p)) for 0 ≤ n ≤ 2, where the Gx act trivially on Z and GF(p), respectively.

2.5 Example

In this section we present the well-known example of quaternion groups Q2x+3. It is well known that they have a parametrised presentation of the following form:

{ g1,g2,t1 |
 g12 = t12x,  g2g1 = g2t1−1+2x+1,
 g22 = t1,  t1g1 = t1−1+2x+1,
 t12x+1 = 1 }·

Using this we can define the Schur extensions Q2x+3*

{ g1,g2,t1,c1, c2, c3 |
g12 = t12xc3,  g2g1 = g2t1−1+2x+1c21−2x+1,
 g22 = t1c1t1g1 = t1−1+2x+1c22−2x+1,
 t12x+1 = c22x+1,
 c1,c2,c3 central

This yields M(Q2x+3) = 1.

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SymbCompCC manual
March 2018