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Turkish Journal of Mathematics

DOI

10.3906/mat-1302-50

Abstract

The nonabelian tensor square G \otimes G of a group G of G = p^n and G' = p^m (p prime and n,m \ge 1) satisfies a classic bound of the form G \otimes G \le p^{n(n-m)}. This allows us to give an upper bound for the order of the third homotopy group \pi_3(SK(G,1)) of the suspension of an Eilenberg--MacLane space K(G,1), because \pi_3(K(G,1)) is isomorphic to the kernel of \kappa : x \otimes y \in G \otimes G \mapsto [x,y] \in G'. We prove that G \otimes G \le p^{(n-1)(n-m)+2}, sharpening not only G \otimes G \le p^{n(n-m)} but also supporting a recent result of Jafari on the topic. Consequently, we discuss restrictions on the size of \pi_3(SK(G,1)) based on this new estimation.

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