The maximal size of a minimal generating set

Scott Harper*

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Abstract

A generating set for a finite group G is minimal if no proper subset generates G, and m(G) denotes the maximal size of a minimal generating set for G. We prove a conjecture of Lucchini, Moscatiello and Spiga by showing that there exist a,b > 0 such that any finite group G satisfies m(G)⩽a⋅δ(G)b, for δ(G)=∑p primem(Gp), where Gp is a Sylow p-subgroup of G. To do this, we first bound m(G) for all almost simple groups of Lie type (until now, no nontrivial bounds were known except for groups of rank 1 or 2). In particular, we prove that there exist a,b > 0 such that any finite simple group G of Lie type of rank r over the field Fpf satisfies r+ω(f)⩽m(G)⩽a(r+ω(f))b, where ω(f) denotes the number of distinct prime divisors of f. In the process, we confirm a conjecture of Gill and Liebeck that there exist a,b > 0 such that a minimal base for a faithful primitive action of an almost simple group of Lie type of rank r over Fpf has size at most arb+ω(f).
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere70
Number of pages10
JournalForum of Mathematics, Sigma
Volume11
Early online date10 Aug 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2023

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