, Volume 244, Issue 4, pp 711-723
Date: 16 May 2003

On Carlson's depth conjecture in group cohomology

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Abstract

We establish a weak form of Carlson's conjecture on the depth of the mod-p cohomology ring of a p-group. In particular, Duflot's lower bound for the depth is tight if and only if the cohomology ring is not detected on a certain family of subgroups. The proofs use the structure of the cohomology ring as a comodule over the cohomology of the centre via the multiplication map. We demonstrate the existence of systems of parameters (so-called polarised systems) which are particularly well adapted to this comodule structure.

Mathematics Subject Classification (2000): 20J06.