ARCHIV DER MATHEMATIK, vol.116, no.1, pp.37-48, 2021 (SCI-Expanded)
We investigate branched regular finite abelian A-covers of the 2-sphere, where every homeomorphism of the base (preserving the branch locus) lifts to a homeomorphism of the covering surface. In this study, we prove that if A is a finite abelian p-group of rank k and Sigma -> S-2 is a regular A-covering branched over n points such that every homeomorphism f:S-2 -> S-2 lifts to Sigma, then n = k + 1. We will also give a partial classification of such covers for rank two finite p-groups. In particular, we prove that for a regular branched A-covering pi : Sigma -> S-2, where A = ZprxZpt, 1 <= r <= t , all homeomorphisms f:S-2 -> S-2 lift to those of Sigma if and only if t = r or t = r + 1 and p = 3.