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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 10 (1987), Issue 1, Pages 147-154

On the Affine Weyl group of type A˜n1

Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Received 4 April 1985; Revised 26 March 1986

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We study in this paper the affine Weyl group of type A˜n1, [1]. Coxeter [1] showed that this group is infinite. We see in Bourbaki [2] that A˜n1 is a split extension of Sn, the symmetric group of degree n, by a group of translations and of lattice of weights. A˜n1 is one of the crystallographic Coxeter groups considered by Maxwell [3], [4].

We prove the following:

THEOREM 1. A˜n1,  n3 is a split extension of Sn by the direct product of (n1) copies of Z.

THEOREM 2. The group A˜2 is soluble of derived length 3, A˜3 is soluble of derived length 4. For n>4, the second derived group A˜n1 coincides with the first A˜n1 and so A˜n1 is not soluble for n>4.

THEOREM 3. The center of A˜n1 is trivial for n3.