The theory of projective representations of groups, extensively studied by Schur, involves understanding homomorphisms from a group into the projective linear groups. By definition, every ordinary representation of a group is also projective but the converse need not be true. Therefore understanding the projective representations of a group is a deeper problem and many a times also more difficult in nature. To deal with this, an important role is played by a group called the Schur multiplier.

In this talk, we shall describe the Schur mutiplier of the discrete as well as the finite Heisenberg groups and their $t$-variants. We shall discuss the representation groups of these Heisenberg groups and through these give a construction of their finite dimensional complex projective irreducible representations.

This is a joint work with Pooja Singla.

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