Characteristic subgroups are normal

Can anyone please help with the following problem from Dummit and Foote:

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Prove that characteristic subgroups are normal. Give an example of a normal subgroup that is not characteristic.

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Peter

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if H is a characteristic subgroup of G, then for every φ in Aut(G), φ(H) = H. in particular, if φ is an inner automorphism, φ(x) = gxg^-1,

then φ(H) = gHg^-1 = H. since this is true of EVERY inner automorphism (for a characteristic subgroup), H is normal.

an easy example of a normal subgroup which is NOT characteristic is the subgroup H = {1,r^2,s,r^2s} of D8. it's normal because it is of index two.

but if φ is the automorphism that sends r-->r and s-->rs, then φ(H) = {1,r^2,rs,r^3s} ≠ H.

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Thanks for the help

Still puzzling over this however.

We have to show that every characteristic group is normal - so surely we have to consider automorphisms which are not inner automorphisms?

Can you help?

Peter

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inner automorphisms is a type of the automorphisms

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Yes, agree.

However the definition of characteristic subgroup in Dummit and Foote (page 135) is as follows:

Defintion. A sugroup H of a group G is called characteristic in G , denoted H char G if __ *every* __ automorphism of G maps H to itself i.e. (H) = H __ for all __ Aut(G).

My problem or worry with Deveno's proof is that he seems to prove that (H) = H for all inner automorphisms but ... we need to prove the case for all automorphisms ...

Am I right ... or perhaps missing something ...

Can someone please clarify this matter

Peter

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the image of any normal subgroup in any inner automorphism is the normal subgroup

let

normal in G and inner automorphism

for any h in H

1-1 onto so will map H to H

for the characteristic subgroup that holds for any auto should not be inner auto

i.e for normal subgroup you may find an auto which will not map the normal subgroup to itself

I hope it is clear

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Thanks I have looked at it again and think my logic was muddled

Deveno showed that if we take an inner automorphism (a particular type of automorphism) then the charactersitic subgrup was normal - so that is the end of the story I think - he does not have to prove anything more

Peter

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another way of saying this is:

normal = fixed by inner automorphisms

characteristic = fixed by inner and outer automorphisms

which makes it clear that all characteristic subgroups are normal, but not necessarily the other way 'round.

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Thanks Deveno

Yes, that makes it very clear.

Peter

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**Bernhard** Can anyone please help with the following problem from Dummit and Foote:

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Prove that characteristic subgroups are normal. Give an example of a normal subgroup that is not characteristic.

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Peter

Said well, support you. (Hi)

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