Dempwolff group

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In mathematical finite group theory, the Dempwolff group is a finite group of order 319979520 = 215·32·5·7·31, that is the unique nonsplit extension 2^{5\,.}\mathrm{GL}_{5}(\mathbb{F}_{2}) of \mathrm{GL}_{5}(\mathbb{F}_{2}) by its natural module of order 2^5. The uniqueness of such a nonsplit extension was shown by Dempwolff (1972), and the existence by Thompson (1976), who showed using some computer calculations of Smith (1976) that the Dempwolff group is contained in the compact Lie group E_{8} as the subgroup fixing a certain lattice in the Lie algebra of E_{8}, and is also contained in the Thompson sporadic group (the full automorphism group of this lattice) as a maximal subgroup.

Huppert (1967, p.124) showed that that any extension of \mathrm{GL}_{n}(\mathbb{F}_{q}) by its natural module \mathbb{F}_{q}^{n} splits if q>2, and Dempwolff (1973) showed that it also splits if n is not 3, 4, or 5, and in each of these three cases there is just one non-split extension. These three nonsplit extensions can be constructed as follows:


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