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On unipotent radicals of pseudo-reductive groups

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We establish some results on the structure of the geometric unipotent radicals of pseudo-reductive k-groups. In particular, our main theorem gives bounds on the nilpotency class of geometric unipotent radicals of standard pseudo-reductive groups, which are sharp in many cases. A major part of the proof rests upon consideration of the following situation: let k be a purely inseparable field extension of k of degree pe, and let G denote the Weil restriction of scalars Rk/k(G) of a reductive k-group G. When G = Rk/k(G), we also provide some results on the orders of elements of the unipotent radical Ru(Gk¯ ) of the extension of scalars of G to the algebraic closure k¯ of k.

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Bate, M., Martin, B., Röhrle, G., & Stewart, D. I. (2019). On unipotent radicals of pseudo-reductive groups. Michigan Mathematical Journal, 68(2), 277–299. https://doi.org/10.1307/mmj/1550480563

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