# Schur multiplicator

*Schur multiplier, of a group *

The cohomology group , where is the multiplicative group of complex numbers with trivial -action. The Schur multiplicator was introduced by I. Schur [1] in his work on finite-dimensional complex projective representations of a group (cf. Projective representation). If is such a representation, then can be interpreted as a mapping such that

where is a -cocycle with values in . In particular, the projective representation is the projectivization of a linear representation if and only if the cocycle determines the trivial element of the group . If , then is called a closed group in the sense of Schur. If is a finite group, then there exist natural isomorphisms

Let . If a central extension

(*) |

of a finite group is given, then there is a natural mapping whose image coincides with . This mapping coincides with the mapping induced by the cup-product with the element of defined by the extension (*). Conversely, for any subgroup there is an extension (*) such that . If , then the extension (*) is uniquely determined by the homomorphism . If is a monomorphism, then any projective representation of is induced by some linear representation of .

#### References

[1] | I. Schur, "Ueber die Darstellung der endlichen Gruppen durch gebrochene lineare Substitutionen" J. Reine Angew. Math. , 127 (1904) pp. 20–50 |

[2] | S. MacLane, "Homology" , Springer (1975) |

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#### References

[a1] | G. Gruenberg, "Cohomological topics in group theory" , Lect. notes in math. , 143 , Springer (1970) |

[a2] | C.W. Curtis, I. Reiner, "Methods of representation theory" , I , Wiley (Interscience) (1981) |

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