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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 2003 (2003), Issue 71, Pages 4511-4516

Characterization of the automorphisms having the lifting property in the category of abelian p-groups

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Faculty of Sciences, Mohammed V University, B.P.1014, Rabat, Morocco

Received 23 October 2002

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Let p be a prime. It is shown that an automorphism α of an abelian p-group A lifts to any abelian p-group of which A is a homomorphic image if and only if α=πidA, with π an invertible p-adic integer. It is also shown that if A is torsion group or torsion-free p-divisible group, then idA and idA are the only automorphisms of A which possess the lifting property in the category of abelian groups.