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Title: Connectivity of Hurwitz spaces for L₂(7), L₂(11) and S₄
Author: Firkin, Adam
ISNI:       0000 0004 5359 5634
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2015
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Abstract:
For a finite group G and collection of conjugacy classes C = ($$C$$$$_1$$,…,$$C$$$$_r$$). The (inner) Hurwitz space, H$$^i$$$$^n$$($$G$$, C), is the space of Galois covers of the Riemann sphere with monodromy group isomorphic to $$G$$ and ramification type C. Such a space may be parameterized point wise by tuples, g = ($$g$$$$_1$$,…,$$g$$$$_r$$) of $$G$$, known as Nielsen tuples, such that $$g$$$$_1$$…$$g$$$$_r$$ = 1 and $$\langle$$$$g$$$$_1$$,…,$$g$$$$_r$$$$\rangle$$ generate $$G$$. The action of the braid group upon these Nielsen tuples is in a one-to-one correspondence with the connected components of Hurwitz spaces. The aim of this thesis is to calculate the connected components of the Hurwitz space for the groups $$L$$$$_2$$(7), $$L$$$$_2$$(11) and $$S$$$$_4$$ for any given type in the case of $$L$$$$_2$$($$p$$) and a particular class of types for $$S$$$$_4$$, using the method described. Furthermore, we establish that if two orbits exist we can distinguish these orbits via a lift invariant within the covering group $$SL$$$$_2$$(7) and $$SL$$$$_2$$(11) for $$L$$$$_2$$(7) and $$L$$$$_2$$(11) respectively, and any Schur cover for $$S$$$$_4$$.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.636868  DOI: Not available
Keywords: QA Mathematics
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