Glasnik Matematicki, Vol. 42, No.2 (2007), 345-355.


Zvonimir Janko

Mathematical Institute, University of Heidelberg, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany

Abstract.   We determine completely the structure of finite 2-groups which possess exactly six cyclic subgroups of order 4. This is an exceptional case because in a finite 2-group is the number of cyclic subgroups of a given order 2n (n ≥ 2 fixed) divisible by 4 in most cases and this solves a part of a problem stated by Berkovich. In addition, we show that if in a finite 2-group G all cyclic subgroups of order $4$ are conjugate, then G is cyclic or dihedral. This solves a problem stated by Berkovich.

2000 Mathematics Subject Classification.   20D15.

Key words and phrases.   Finite 2-groups, 2-groups of maximal class, minimal nonabelian 2-groups, L2-groups, U2-groups.

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DOI: 10.3336/gm.42.2.08


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