TY - JOUR

T1 - Transitive permutation groups with bounded movement having maximal degree

AU - Hassani, A.

AU - Khayaty, M.

AU - Khukhro, E.I.

AU - Praeger, Cheryl

PY - 1999

Y1 - 1999

N2 - Let G be a transitive permutation group on a set Omega such that G is not a 2-group and let m be a positive integer. It was shown by the fourth author that if \Gamma(g)\Gamma\ less than or equal to m for every subset Gamma of Omega and all g is an element of G, then \Omega\ less than or equal to right perpendicular 2mp/(p - 1) left perpendicular, where p is the least odd prime dividing \G\. If p = 3 the upper bound for \Omega\ is 3m, and the groups G attaining this bound were classified in the work of Gardiner, Mann, and the fourth author. Here we show that the groups G attaining the bound for p greater than or equal to 5 satisfy one of the following: (a) G := Z(p) x Z(2a), \Omega\ = p, m = (p - 1)/2, where 2(a)\(p - 1) for some a greater than or equal to 1; (b) G := K x P, \Omega\ = 2(s) p, m = 2(s-1) (p - 1), where 1 <2(s) <p, K is a 2-group with p-orbits of length 2(s), each element of K moves at most 2(s) (p - 1) points of Omega, and P = Z(p) is fixed point free on Omega; (c) G is a p-group. All groups in case (a) are examples. In case (b), there exist examples for every p with s = 1 In case (c), where G is a p-group, we also prove that the exponent of G is bounded in terms of p only. Each transitive group of exponent p is an example, and it may be that these are the only examples in case (c). (C) 1999 Academic Press.

AB - Let G be a transitive permutation group on a set Omega such that G is not a 2-group and let m be a positive integer. It was shown by the fourth author that if \Gamma(g)\Gamma\ less than or equal to m for every subset Gamma of Omega and all g is an element of G, then \Omega\ less than or equal to right perpendicular 2mp/(p - 1) left perpendicular, where p is the least odd prime dividing \G\. If p = 3 the upper bound for \Omega\ is 3m, and the groups G attaining this bound were classified in the work of Gardiner, Mann, and the fourth author. Here we show that the groups G attaining the bound for p greater than or equal to 5 satisfy one of the following: (a) G := Z(p) x Z(2a), \Omega\ = p, m = (p - 1)/2, where 2(a)\(p - 1) for some a greater than or equal to 1; (b) G := K x P, \Omega\ = 2(s) p, m = 2(s-1) (p - 1), where 1 <2(s) <p, K is a 2-group with p-orbits of length 2(s), each element of K moves at most 2(s) (p - 1) points of Omega, and P = Z(p) is fixed point free on Omega; (c) G is a p-group. All groups in case (a) are examples. In case (b), there exist examples for every p with s = 1 In case (c), where G is a p-group, we also prove that the exponent of G is bounded in terms of p only. Each transitive group of exponent p is an example, and it may be that these are the only examples in case (c). (C) 1999 Academic Press.

U2 - 10.1006/jabr.1998.7681

DO - 10.1006/jabr.1998.7681

M3 - Article

SN - 0021-8693

VL - 214

SP - 317

EP - 337

JO - Journal of Algebra

JF - Journal of Algebra

ER -