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Non--Cohen-Macaulay Vector Invariants and a Noether Bound for a Gorenstein Ring of Invariants

  Published:1999-06-01
 Printed: Jun 1999
  • H. E. A. Campbell
  • A. V. Geramita
  • I. P. Hughes
  • R. J. Shank
  • D. L. Wehlau
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Abstract

This paper contains two essentially independent results in the invariant theory of finite groups. First we prove that, for any faithful representation of a non-trivial $p$-group over a field of characteristic $p$, the ring of vector invariants of $m$ copies of that representation is not \comac\ for $m\geq 3$. In the second section of the paper we use Poincar\'e series methods to produce upper bounds for the degrees of the generators for the ring of invariants as long as that ring is Gorenstein. We prove that, for a finite non-trivial group $G$ and a faithful representation of dimension $n$ with $n>1$, if the ring of invariants is Gorenstein then the ring is generated in degrees less than or equal to $n(|G|-1)$. If the ring of invariants is a hypersurface, the upper bound can be improved to $|G|$.
MSC Classifications: 13A50 show english descriptions Actions of groups on commutative rings; invariant theory [See also 14L24] 13A50 - Actions of groups on commutative rings; invariant theory [See also 14L24]
 

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