# Brauer second main theorem

For notation and definitions, see Brauer first main theorem.

Let $x$ be an element of $G$ whose order is a power of $p$. The $p$-section of $G$ associated to $x$ is the set of all elements of $G$ whose $p$-part is conjugate to $x$. Brauer second main theorem relates the values of irreducible characters of $G$ on the $p$-section associated to $x$ to values of characters in certain blocks of $C _ { G } ( x )$.

Suppose that is an irreducible character of $G$ (cf. also Character of a group), afforded by the $R$-free right $R G$-module $V$, and belonging to the block $B$ (cf. also Defect group of a block). Let $x$ be a $p$-element of $G$, and let $H = C _ { G } ( x )$. For all $p$-subgroups $D$ of $H$, $C _ { G } ( D ) \subseteq H$; hence $b ^ { G }$ is defined for all blocks $b$ of $R H$. One can organize the block decomposition of $R H$ as $R H = ( \oplus _ { b ^{ G} = B } b ) \oplus (\oplus_{ b ^{ G} \neq B } b )$. Let $e$ be the projection of $1$ on $( \oplus _ { b ^G = B } b )$, and let $f$ be the projection of $1$ on $( \oplus _ { b ^{ G } \neq B } b )$. The restriction $V _ { H }$ of $V$ to $H$ can be decomposed as $V _ { H } = V _ { H } e \oplus V _ { H } f$. If $\chi _ { e }$ is the character of $V _ { H }e$ and $\chi _ { f }$ is the character of $V _ { H } f$, then of course $\chi ( h ) = \chi _ { e } ( h ) + \chi_{f }( h )$ for all $h \in H$. Brauer's second main theorem states that for all elements $y \in H$ of order prime to $p$, $\chi _ { f } ( x y ) = 0$. Thus, the values of on the $p$-section associated to $x$ are determined in the blocks of $C _ { G } ( x )$ sent to $B$ by the Brauer correspondence (cf. also Brauer first main theorem).

This theorem was first proved in [a1]. See also [a2], [a3], and [a4].

#### References

 [a1] R. Brauer, "Zur Darstellungstheorie der Gruppen endlicher Ordnung II" Math. Z. , 72 (1959) pp. 22–46 [a2] C. Curtis, I. Reiner, "Methods of representation theory" , II , Wiley (1987) [a3] W. Feit, "The representation theory of finite groups" , North-Holland (1982) [a4] H. Nagao, Y. Tsushima, "Representation of finite groups" , Acad. Press (1987)
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This article was adapted from an original article by H. Ellers (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article