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Powers in finite groups and a criterion for solubility

Authors: Martin W. Liebeck and Aner Shalev
Journal: Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 141 (2013), 4179-4189
MSC (2010): Primary 20D10, 20E07, 20D06
Published electronically: September 10, 2013
MathSciNet review: 3105861
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Abstract: We study the set $ G^{[k]}$ of $ k^{th}$ powers in finite groups $ G$. We prove that if $ G^{[12]}$ is a subgroup, then $ G$ must be soluble; moreover, 12 is the minimal number with this property. The proof relies on results of independent interest, classifying almost simple groups $ G$ and positive integers $ k$ for which $ G^{[k]}$ contains the socle of $ G$.

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Martin W. Liebeck
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, Imperial College, London SW7 2AZ, United Kingdom

Aner Shalev
Affiliation: Institute of Mathematics, Hebrew University, Jerusalem 91904, Israel

Received by editor(s): February 12, 2012
Published electronically: September 10, 2013
Additional Notes: The authors are grateful for the support of an EPSRC grant. The second author acknowledges the support of grants from the Israel Science Foundation and ERC
Communicated by: Pham Huu Tiep
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