Let G(q) be a finite simple group of Lie type over a finite field of order q and d(G(q)) the minimal degree of faithful projective complex representations of G(q). For the case G(q) is a classical group we determine the number of projective complex characters of G(q) of degree d(G(q)). In several cases we also determine the projective complex characters of the second and the third lowest degrees. As a corollary of these results we deduce the classification of quasi-simple irreducible complex linear groups of degree at most 2r, r a prime divisor of the group order.
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- Algebra and Number Theory