Attainable subgroup

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2010 Mathematics Subject Classification: Primary: 20D35 [MSN][ZBL]

A subgroup $H$ that can be included in a finite normal series of a group $G$, i.e. in a series

$$\{1\}\subset H=H_0\subset H_1\subset\dotsb\subset H_n=G$$

in which each subgroup $H_i$ is a normal subgroup in $H_{i+1}$. The property of a subgroup to be attainable is transitive. An intersection of attainable subgroups is an attainable subgroup. The subgroup generated by two attainable subgroups need not be an attainable subgroup. A group $G$ all subgroups of which are attainable satisfies the normalizer condition, i.e. all subgroups differ from their normalizers (cf. Normalizer of a subset). Such a group is therefore locally nilpotent.


[1] A.G. Kurosh, "The theory of groups" , 1–2 , Chelsea (1955–1956) (Translated from Russian)


Instead of attainable subgroup, the term accessible subgroup is used in [1]. In the Western literature the term subnormal subgroup is standard for this kind of subgroup.


[a1] M. Suzuki, "Group theory" , 2 , Springer (1986)
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This article was adapted from an original article by V.M. Kopytov (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article