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Further evidence for conjectures in block theory

Benjamin Sambale

Vol. 7 (2013), No. 9, 2241–2273

We prove new inequalities concerning Brauer’s k(B)-conjecture and Olsson’s conjecture by generalizing old results. After that, we obtain the invariants for 2-blocks of finite groups with certain bicyclic defect groups. Here, a bicyclic group is a product of two cyclic subgroups. This provides an application for the classification of the corresponding fusion systems in a previous paper. To some extent, this generalizes previously known cases with defect groups of types D2n × C2m, Q2n × C2m and D2n C2m. As a consequence, we prove Alperin’s weight conjecture and other conjectures for several new infinite families of nonnilpotent blocks. We also prove Brauer’s k(B)-conjecture and Olsson’s conjecture for the 2-blocks of defect at most 5. This completes results from a previous paper. The k(B)-conjecture is also verified for defect groups with a cyclic subgroup of index at most 4. Finally, we consider Olsson’s conjecture for certain 3-blocks.

$2$-blocks, bicyclic defect groups, Brauer's $k(B)$-conjecture, Alperin's weight conjecture
Mathematical Subject Classification 2010
Primary: 20C15
Secondary: 20C20
Received: 30 September 2012
Revised: 16 October 2012
Accepted: 23 March 2013
Published: 18 December 2013
Benjamin Sambale
Mathematisches Institut
D-07737 Jena