Algebra Seminar

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Past events in this series
9 October 2018
Dima Pasechnik

Abstract regular polytopes are finite quotients of Coxeter complexes
with string diagram, satisfying a natural intersection property, see
e.g. [MMS2002]. They arise in a number of geometric and group-theoretic
contexts. The first class of such objects, beyond the
well-understood examples coming from finite and affine Coxeter groups,
are locally toroidal cases, e.g.  extensions of quotients of the affine
F_4 complex [3,3,4,3].  In 1996 P.McMullen & E.Schulte constructed a
number of examples of locally toroidal abstract regular polytopes of
type [3,3,4,3,3], and conjectured completeness of their list. We
construct counterexamples to the conjecture using a Y-shaped
presentation for a subgroup of the Monster, and discuss various
related questions.

16 October 2018
Dessislava Kochloukova

We will discuss some recent results with Martin Bridson about 
Sidki's construction X(G). In particular, if G is a finitely presented
group then X(G) is a finitely presented group. We will discuss as well the
result that if G has polynomial isoperimetric function and the maximal
metabelian quotient of G is virtually nilpotent then X(G) has polynomial
isoperimetric function. Part of the arguments we will use have homological

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