Adequate subgroups and indecomposable modules

  • Robert M. Guralnick

    University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
  • Florian Herzig

    University of Toronto, Canada
  • Pham Huu Tiep

    University of Arizona, Tucson, USA


The notion of adequate subgroups was introduced by Jack Thorne [60]. It is a weakening of the notion of big subgroups used by Wiles and Taylor in proving automorphy lifting theorems for certain Galois representations. Using this idea, Thorne was able to strengthen many automorphy lifting theorems. It was shown in [22] and [23] that if the dimension is smaller than the characteristic then almost all absolutely irreducible representations are adequate. We extend the results by considering all absolutely irreducible modules in characteristic p of dimension p. This relies on a modified definition of adequacy, provided by Thorne in [61], which allows p to divide the dimension of the module. We prove adequacy for almost all irreducible representations of SL in the natural characteristic and for finite groups of Lie type as long as the field of definition is sufficiently large. We also essentially classify indecomposable modules in characteristic p of dimension less than and answer a question of Serre concerning complete reducibility of subgroups in classical groups of low dimension.

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Robert M. Guralnick, Florian Herzig, Pham Huu Tiep, Adequate subgroups and indecomposable modules. J. Eur. Math. Soc. 19 (2017), no. 4, pp. 1231–1291

DOI 10.4171/JEMS/692