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Centralizers of finite subgroups in simple locally finite groups

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2009
Ersoy, Kıvanç
A group G is called locally finite if every finitely generated subgroup of G is finite. In this thesis we study the centralizers of subgroups in simple locally finite groups. Hartley proved that in a linear simple locally finite group, the fixed point of every semisimple automorphism contains infinitely many elements of distinct prime orders. In the first part of this thesis, centralizers of finite abelian subgroups of linear simple locally finite groups are studied and the following result is proved: If G is a linear simple locally finite group and A is a finite d-abelian subgroup consisting of semisimple elements of G, then C_G(A) has an infinite abelian subgroup isomorphic to the direct product of cyclic groups of order p_i for infinitely many distinct primes pi. Hartley asked the following question: Let G be a non-linear simple locally finite group and F be any subgroup of G. Is CG(F) necessarily infinite? In the second part of this thesis, the following problem is studied: Determine the nonlinear simple locally finite groups G and their finite subgroups F such that C_G(F) contains an infinite abelian subgroup which is isomorphic to the direct product of cyclic groups of order pi for infinitely many distinct primes p_i. We prove the following: Let G be a non-linear simple locally finite group with a split Kegel cover K and F be any finite subgroup consisting of K-semisimple elements of G. Then the centralizer C_G(F) contains an infinite abelian subgroup isomorphic to the direct product of cyclic groups of order p_i for infinitely many distinct primes p_i.