Mathematika

Research Article

Multiplicative Invariants and the Finite Co-Hopfian Property

J. J. A. M. Humphreysa1 and F. E. A. Johnsona2

a1 Department of Mathematics, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, U.K., E-mail: jodie.humphreys@cantab.net

a2 Department of Mathematics, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, U.K., E-mail: feaj@math.ucl.ac.uk

Abstract

A group is said to be, finitely co-Hopfian when it contains no proper subgroup of finite index isomorphic to itself. It is known that irreducible lattices in semisimple Lie groups are finitely co-Hopfian. However, it is not clear, and does not appear to be known, whether this property is preserved under direct product. We consider a strengthening of the finite co-Hopfian condition, namely the existence of a non-zero multiplicative invariant, and show that, under mild restrictions, this property is closed with respect to finite direct products. Since it is also closed with respect to commensurability, it follows that lattices in linear semisimple groups of general type are finitely co-Hopfian.

(Received November 28 2008)

(Accepted February 01 2009)

MSC (2000)

  • Primary, 20E34, 20E99