R. James Shank

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There is a relationship between the covariants of binary forms, a central topic in classical invariant theory, and the invariants of modular representations of cyclic groups of prime order. This relationship was identified by Gert Almkvist [1] and used implicitly in both [15] and [17]. In this note we investigate the relationship and provide a progress(More)
Let W be a finite-dimensional Z/p-module over a field, k, of characteristic p. The maximum degree of an indecomposable element of the algebra of invariants, k[W ]Z/p, is called the Noether number of the representation, and is denoted by β(W ). A lower bound for β(W ) is derived, and it is shown that if U is a Z/p submodule of W , then β(U) 6 β(W ). A set of(More)
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 Cohen-Macaulay for m ≥ 3. In the second section of the paper we use Poincaré(More)
We study the transfer homomorphism in modular invariant theory paying particular attention to the image of the transfer which is a proper non-zero ideal in the ring of invariants. We prove that, for a p-group over Fp whose ring of invariants is a polynomial algebra, the image of the transfer is a principal ideal. We compute the image of the transfer for(More)
Let V be a finite dimensional representation of a p-group, G, over a field, k, of characteristic p. We show that there exists a choice of basis and monomial order for which the ring of invariants, k[V ]G, has a finite SAGBI basis. We describe two algorithms for constructing a generating set for k[V ]G. We use these methods to analyse k[2V3]3 where U3 is the(More)
Ž . We study the depth of the ring of invariants of SL F acting on the nth 2 p symmetric power of the natural two-dimensional representation for n p. These Ž . symmetric power representations are the irreducible representations of SL F 2 p over F . We prove that, when the greatest common divisor of p y 1 and n is less p than or equal to 2, the depth of the(More)
For a prime number p, we construct a generating set for the ring of invariants for the p+1 dimensional indecomposable modular representation of a cyclic group of order p. We then use the constructed invariants to describe the decomposition of the symmetric algebra as a module over the group ring, confirming the Periodicity Conjecture of Ian Hughes and(More)
∗ We initiate a study of the rings of invariants of modular representations of elementary abelian p-groups. With a few notable exceptions, the modular representation theory of an elementary abelian p-group is wild. However, for a given dimension, it is possible to parameterise the representations. We describe parameterisations for modular representations of(More)