Let G be a finite group and H a normal subgroup such that G/H is cyclic. Given a conjugacy class gG of G, we define its centralizing subgroup to be HCG(g). Let K be such that H ≤ K ≤ G. We show that the G-conjugacy classes contained in K whose centralizing subgroup is K are equally distributed between the cosets of H in K. The proof of this result is entirely elementary. As an application, we find expressions for the number of conjugacy classes of K under its own action, in terms of quantities relating only to the action of G.
|Translated title of the contribution||On the distribution of conjugacy classes between the cosets of a finite group in a cyclic extension|
|Pages (from-to)||897 - 606|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society|
|Volume||40, issue 5|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2008|