## Abstract

The Houghton groups $H_1, H_2, \ldots$ are a family of infinite groups. In 1975 Wiegold showed that $H_3$ was invariably generated (IG) but $H_1\le H_3$ was not. A natural question is then whether the groups $H_2, H_3, \ldots$ are all IG. Wiegold also ends by saying that, in the examples he had found of an IG group with a subgroup that is not IG, the subgroup was never of finite index. Another natural question is then whether there is a subgroup of finite index in $H_3$ that is not IG. In this note we prove, for each $n\in \{2, 3, \ldots\}$, that $H_n$ and all of its finite index subgroups are IG.

The independent work of Minasyan and Goffer-Lazarovich in June 2020 frames this note quite nicely: they showed that an IG group can have a finite index subgroup that is not IG.

The independent work of Minasyan and Goffer-Lazarovich in June 2020 frames this note quite nicely: they showed that an IG group can have a finite index subgroup that is not IG.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 120-133 |

Journal | Journal of Algebra |

Volume | 598 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - 15 May 2022 |

## Keywords

- Invariable generation
- Infinite groups
- Houghton group
- Permutation Groups