Siberian Mathematical Journal

, Volume 47, Issue 4, pp 659–668 | Cite as

Finite simple groups with complemented maximal subgroups

  • V. M. Levchuk
  • A. G. Likharev


We study Problem 8.31 in [1] of the description of finite weakly factorizable groups, i.e., the groups whose every proper subgroup is complemented in a larger subgroup. By Lemma 1 of [2], the subdirect product of a completely factorizable group (such groups were studied by Ph. Hall and N. V. Baeva (Chernikova)) and a weakly factorizable group is a weakly factorizable group. In connection with a remark in [2], we observe that a dihedral 2-group is always weakly factorizable but, in general, it cannot even be obtained from the groups of prime order by repeated application of the lemma. Theorem 1, basing on the available maximal factorizations, shows that there exist exactly three finite simple nonabelian groups with complemented maximal subgroups. Theorem 2 confirms the conjecture of [2] on uniqueness of a finite simple nonabelian group with the property of weak factorizability. Earlier Theorems 1 and 2 were proven in special cases by A. G. Likharev.


factorization weakly complemented subgroup finite simple group maximal subgroup 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. M. Levchuk
    • 1
  • A. G. Likharev
    • 1
  1. 1.Krasnoyarsk State UniversityKrasnoyarskRussia

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