Let k be a non-zero complex number and let u and v be elements of a finite group G. Suppose that at most one of u and v belongs to O(G), the maximal normal subgroup of G of odd order. It is shown that G satisfies X(v)–X(u) = k for every complex nonprincipal irreducible character X in the principal 2-block of G, if and only if G/O(G) is isomorphic to one of the following groups: C2, PSL(2, 2n) or pΣL(2, 52a+1), where n≥2 and a ≥ 1.
Subject classification (Amer. Math. Soc. (MOS) 1970): 20 C 20