A generating function of the number of homomorphisms from a surface group into a finite
- Author(s): Mulase, Motohico
- Yu, Josephine T.
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://arxiv.org/pdf/math/0209008.pdf
A generating function of the number of homomorphisms from the fundamental group of a compact oriented or non-orientable surface without boundary into a finite group is obtained in terms of an integral over a real group algebra. We calculate the number of homomorphisms using the decomposition of the group algebra into irreducible factors. This gives a new proof of the classical formulas of Frobenius, Schur, and Mednykh.