On finite groups isospectral to simple symplectic and orthogonal groups
The spectrum of a finite group is the set of its element orders. Two groups are said to be isospectral if their spectra coincide. We deal with the class of finite groups isospectral to simple and orthogonal groups over a field of an arbitrary positive characteristic p. It is known that a group of this class has a unique nonabelian composition factor. We prove that this factor cannot be isomorphic to an alternating or sporadic group. We also consider the case where this factor is isomorphic to a group of Lie type over a field of the same characteristic p.
Keywordsfinite group spectrum of a group simple group symplectic group orthogonal group composition factor
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