Is bad characteristic a bad thing for maximal subalgebras?

Tom Purslow

Frank Adams 1,

Up to this week I had been working in ''good'' characteristic, where the world is wonderful, looking for maximal subalgebras in the exceptional Lie algebras. However, the problem has been reduced by Herpel and Stewart in recent times.

In this talk I will briefly outline what the reduction was in ''good'' characteristic. Then we will discuss the issues with working with ''bad'' characteristic in the simple Lie algebras with a view to classifying the maximal subalgebras.

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