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Different Type of Extension Problem for Groups

  1. Jul 10, 2008 #1
    Let H, K be finite groups.

    Instead of asking what groups G there are such that K can be embedded as a normal subroup and G/K is isomorphic with H (the usual extension problem for groups), I've been thinking about the following:

    Which groups G exist such that H and K can be embedded as (not necessarily normal) subgroups such that G=HK where H and K have trivial intersection?

    This neither contains nor is contained in the usual extension problem since there there is no requirement for the normal subgroup to have a complement, and here we don't require any of the factors to be normal.

    Clearly for a given G with relevant subgroups identified, there exist cases where we could replace one of the subgroups by a conjugate (e.g. the complement of a semidirect product). Perhaps we could even do the same with an isomorphic non-conjugate. This leads me to think that perhaps some of these 'extensions' should be in some sense 'isomorphic' or 'equivalent'.

    I guess my first question before I go any further is is this already an established theory? (It must be.)
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