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Classically, the exponent of a group is the least common multiple of the orders of its elements. This notion was generalized by Etingof and Gelaki to Hopf algebras. Kashina, Sommerhäuser, and Zhu later observed that there is a strong connection between exponents and Frobenius–Schur indicators. In this article, we introduce the notion of twisted exponents and show there is a similar relationship between the twisted exponent and the twisted Frobenius–Schur indicators defined in previous work of the authors. In particular, we exhibit a new formula for the twisted indicators and use it to prove periodicity and rationality statements.

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Communications in Algebra

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