International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences

International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences / 2003 / Article

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Volume 2003 |Article ID 384016 |

Eirini Poimenidou, Homer Wolfe, "Total characters and Chebyshev polynomials", International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences, vol. 2003, Article ID 384016, 7 pages, 2003.

Total characters and Chebyshev polynomials

Received08 Jan 2002


The total character τ of a finite group G is defined as the sum of all the irreducible characters of G. K. W. Johnson asks when it is possible to express τ as a polynomial with integer coefficients in a single irreducible character. In this paper, we give a complete answer to Johnson's question for all finite dihedral groups. In particular, we show that, when such a polynomial exists, it is unique and it is the sum of certain Chebyshev polynomials of the first kind in any faithful irreducible character of the dihedral group G.

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