Workshop on Additive Combinatorics and Algebraic Connections

Product Free Sets in Groups

Abstract: A subset of a group is said to be product free if it does not contain the product of two elements in it. We consider how large can a product free subset of the alternating group $A_n$ be? 

In the talk we will completely solve the problem by determining the largest product free subset of $A_n$. Our proof combines a representation theoretic argument due to Gowers, with a new analytic tool called hypercontractivity for global functions.

Based on a joint work with Peter Keevash and Dor Minzer

Date & Time

October 28, 2022 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm


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