Zeta functions of finite groups by enumerating subgroups

Yumiko Hironaka*

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For a finite group G, we consider the zeta function ζG(s) = ∑H ǀHǀ-s, where H runs over the subgroups of G. First we give simple examples of abelian p-group G and non-abelian p-group G of order pm, m≥3 for odd p (resp. 2m, m≥4) for which ζG(s) = ζG'(s). Hence we see there are many non-abelian groups whose zeta functions have symmetry and Euler product, like the case of abelian groups. On the other hand, we show that ζG(s) determines the isomorphism class of G within abelian groups, by estimating the number of subgroups of abelian p-groups. Finally we study the problem which abelian p-group is associated with a non-abelian group having the same zeta function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3365-3376
Number of pages12
JournalCommunications in Algebra
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Aug 3


  • Enumerating subgroups of abelian p-groups
  • enumerating subgroups of finite groups
  • local densities of square matrices
  • zeta functions of finite groups

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Algebra and Number Theory


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