Title

Groups Acting on Tensor Products

Publication Date

5-2013

Journal

Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra

Volume

218

Issue

3

First Page

405

Last Page

416

Abstract

Groups preserving a distributive product are encountered often in algebra. Examples include automorphism groups of associative and nonassociative rings, classical groups, and automorphism groups of p-groups. While the great variety of such products precludes any realistic hope of describing the general structure of the groups that preserve them, it is reasonable to expect that insight may be gained from an examination of the universal distributive products: tensor products. We give a detailed description of the groups preserving tensor products over semisimple and semiprimary rings, and present effective algorithms to construct generators for these groups. We also discuss applications of our methods to algorithmic problems for which all currently known methods require an exponential amount of work. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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