Suzuki (1960) originally constructed the Suzuki groups as subgroups of SL4(F22n+1) generated by certain explicit matrices.
Ree observed that the Suzuki groups were the fixed points of an exceptional automorphism of the symplectic groups in 4 dimensions, and used this to construct two further families of simple groups, called the Ree groups. Ono (1962) gave a detailed exposition of Ree's observation.
Tits (1962) constructed the Suzuki groups as the symmetries of a certain ovoid in 3-dimensional projective space over a field of characteristic 2.
Wilson (2010) constructed the Suzuki groups as the subgroup of the symplectic group in 4 dimensions preserving a certain product on pairs of orthogonal vectors.
The Suzuki groups are simple for n≥1. The group 2B2(2) is solvable and is the Frobenius group of order 20.
The Suzuki groups have orders q2(q2+1) (q−1) where q = 22n+1. They are the only non-cyclic finite simple groups of orders not divisible by 3.
The Schur multiplier is trivial for n≠1, elementary abelian of order 4 for 2B2(8).
The outer automorphism group is cyclic of order 2n+1, given by automorphisms of the field of order q.
Suzuki group are Zassenhaus groups acting on sets of size (22n+1)2+1, and have 4-dimensional representations over the field with 22n+1 elements.
Suzuki groups are CN-groups: the centralizer of every non-trivial element is nilpotent.
Suzuki (1960) showed that the Suzuki group has q+3 conjugacy classes. Of these q+1 are strongly real, and the other two are classes of elements of order 4.
The non-trivial elements of the Suzuki group are partitioned into the non-trivial elements of nilpotent subgroups as follows (with r=2n, q=22n+1):
- q2+1 Sylow 2-subgroups of order q2, of index q–1 in their normalizers. 1 class of elements of order 2, 2 classes of elements of order 4.
- q2(q2+1)/2 cyclic subgroups of order q–1, of index 2 in their normalizers. These account for (q–2)/2 conjugacy classes of non-trivial elements.
- Cyclic subgroups of order q+2r+1, of index 4 in their normalizers. These account for (q+2r)/4 conjugacy classes of non-trivial elements.
- Cyclic subgroups of order q–2r+1, of index 4 in their normalizers. These account for (q–2r)/4 conjugacy classes of non-trivial elements.
The normalizers of all these subgroups are Frobenius groups.
Suzuki (1960) showed that the Suzuki group has q+3 irreducible representations over the complex numbers, 2 of which are complex and the rest of which are real. They are given as follows:
- The trivial character of degree 1.
- The Steinberg representation of degree q2, coming from the doubly transitive permutation representation.
- (q–2)/2 characters of degree q2+1
- Two complex characters of degree r(q–1) where r=2n
- (q+2r)/4 characters of degree (q–2r+1)(q–1)
- (q–2r)/4 characters of degree (q+2r+1)(q–1).
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