Journal of Geometry

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 30–40 | Cite as

Maximal subgroups of the orthogonal group

  • Stephen Pierce


Let V be an n-dimensional regular quadratic space over a field K of characteristic not 2. Assume n ≥ 4. Let W be a regular hyperplane and v a nonzero vector orthogonal to W. Suppose every regular hyperplane in W is universal. If σ is an isometry of V not leaving W invariant, then σ, together with the isometries of W, generate the orthogonal group of V, with one exception.


Maximal Subgroup Orthogonal Group Nonzero Vector Quadratic Space Regular Quadratic Space 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen Pierce
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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