DOCUMENTA MATHEMATICA, Vol. 21 (2016), 1-37

Sebastian Herpel and David I. Stewart

On the Smoothness of Normalisers, the Subalgebra Structure of Modular Lie Algebras, and the Cohomology of Small Representations

We provide results on the smoothness of normalisers in connected reductive algebraic groups $G$ over fields $k$ of positive characteristic $p$. Specifically we we give bounds on $p$ which guarantee that normalisers of subalgebras of $\mathfrak{g}$ in $G$ are smooth, i.e.so that the Lie algebras of these normalisers coincide with the infinitesimal normalisers. One of our main tools is to exploit cohomology vanishing of small dimensional modules. Along the way, we obtain complete reducibility results for small dimensional modules in the spirit of similar results due to Jantzen, Guralnick, Serre and Bendel--Nakano--Pillen.

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification: Primary 17B45; Secondary 20G07, 20G10.

Keywords and Phrases: Smoothness, subgroup structure, complete reducibility, cohomology.

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