Fusion Systems in Algebra and Topology

Fusion Systems in Algebra and Topology

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A fusion system over a p-group S is a category whose objects form the set of all subgroups of S, whose morphisms are certain injective group homomorphisms, and which satisfies axioms first formulated by Puig that are modelled on conjugacy relations in finite groups. The definition was originally motivated by representation theory, but fusion systems also have applications to local group theory and to homotopy theory. The connection with homotopy theory arises through classifying spaces which can be associated to fusion systems and which have many of the nice properties of p-completed classifying spaces of finite groups. Beginning with a detailed exposition of the foundational material, the authors then proceed to discuss the role of fusion systems in local finite group theory, homotopy theory and modular representation theory. This book serves as a basic reference and as an introduction to the field, particularly for students and other young mathematicians.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1139098497
  • 9781139098496

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. Introduction to fusion systems; 2. The local theory of fusion systems; 3. Fusion and homotopy theory; 4. Fusion and representation theory; Appendix. Background facts about groups; References; List of notation; Index.show more

About Michael Aschbacher

Michael Aschbacher is the Shaler Arthur Hanisch Professor of Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology. Radha Kessar is a Reader in the Institute of Mathematics at the University of Aberdeen. Bob Oliver is a Professor in the Laboratoire Analyse, Geometrie et Applications (LAGA) at the Universite de Paris XIII.show more