Loewy lengths of blocks with abelian defect groups

Charles Eaton, Michael Livesey

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    We consider $p$-blocks with abelian defect groups and in the first part prove a relationship between its Loewy length and that for blocks of normal subgroups of index $p$. Using this, we show that if $B$ is a $2$-block of a finite group with abelian defect group $D \cong C_{2^{a_1}} \times \cdots \times C_{2^{a_r}} \times (C_2)^s$, where $a_i > 1$ for all $i$ and $r \geq 0$, then $d < \operatorname {LL}(B) \leq 2^{a_1}+\cdots +2^{a_r}+2s-r+1$, where $|D|=2^d$. When $s=1$ the upper bound can be improved to $2^{a_1}+\cdots +2^{a_r}+2-r$. Together these give sharp upper bounds for every isomorphism type of $D$. A consequence is that when $D$ is an abelian $2$-group the Loewy length is bounded above by $|D|$ except when $D$ is a Klein-four group and $B$ is Morita equivalent to the principal block of $A_5$. We conjecture similar bounds for arbitrary primes and give evidence that it holds for principal $3$-blocks.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalProceedings of the American Mathematical Society
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2017


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