Monomial modular representations and symmetric generation of the Harada-Norton group

John Bray, Robert Curtis

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This paper is a sequel to Curtis [J. Algebra 184 (1996) 1205-1227], where the Held group was constructed using a 7-modular monomial representation of 3A(7), the exceptional triple cover of the alternating group A(7). In this paper, a 5-modular monomial representation of 2HS:2, a double cover of the automorphism group of the Higman-Sims group, is used to build an infinite semi-direct product P which has HN, the Harada-Norton group, as a 'natural' image. This approach assists us in constructing a 133-dimensional representation of HN over Q(root5), which is the smallest degree of a 'true' characteristic 0 representation of P. Thus an investigation of the low degree representations of P produces HN. As in the Held case, extension to the automorphism group of HN follows easily. (C) 2003 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)723-743
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Algebra
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2003


  • modular representation
  • matrix group construction
  • sporadic group
  • symmetric presentation


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