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Kronecker conjugacy of polynomials

Author: Peter Müller
Journal: Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 350 (1998), 1823-1850
MSC (1991): Primary 11C08, 20B10; Secondary 11R09, 12E05, 12F10, 20B20, 20D05
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Abstract: Let $f,g\in \mathbb{Z}[X]$ be non-constant polynomials with integral coefficients. In 1968 H. Davenport raised the question as to when the value sets $f(\mathbb{Z})$ and $g(\mathbb{Z})$ are the same modulo all but finitely many primes. The main progress until now is M. Fried's result that $f$ and $g$ then differ by a linear substitution, provided that $f$ is functionally indecomposable. We extend this result to polynomials $f$ of composition length $2$. Also, we study the analog when $\mathbb{Z}$ is replaced by the integers of a number field. The above number theoretic property translates to an equivalent property of subgroups of a finite group, known as Kronecker conjugacy, a weakening of conjugacy which has been studied by various authors under different assumptions and in other contexts.

We also give a simplified and strengthened version of the Galois theoretic translation to finite groups.

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Peter Müller
Affiliation: IWR, Universität Heidelberg, D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany

Received by editor(s): January 16, 1996
Additional Notes: The author thanks the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) for its support in the form of a postdoctoral fellowship
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