Past Junior Topology and Group Theory Seminar

15 February 2012
16:00
Stefan Witzel
Abstract

The first group known to be finitely presented but having infinitely generated 3rd homology was constructed by Stallings. Bieri extended this to a series of groups G_n such that G_n is of type F_{n-1} but not of type F_n. Finally, Bestvina and Brady turned it into a machine that realizes prescribed finiteness properties. We will discuss some of these examples.

  • Junior Topology and Group Theory Seminar
25 January 2012
16:00
Andrew Sale
Abstract
The lamplighter groups, solvable Baumslag-Solitar groups and lattices in SOL all share a nice kind of geometry. We'll see how the Cayley graph of a lamplighter group is a Diestel-Leader graph, that is a horocyclic product of two trees. The geometry of the solvable Baumslag-Solitar groups has been studied by Farb and Mosher and they showed that these groups are quasi-isometric to spaces which are essentially the horocyclic product of a tree and the hyperbolic plane. Finally, lattices in the Lie groups SOL can be seen to act on the horocyclic product of two hyperbolic planes. We use these spaces to measure the length of short conjugators in each type of group.
  • Junior Topology and Group Theory Seminar
23 November 2011
16:00
David Hume
Abstract

We present recent results of Dani Wise which tie together many of the themes of this term's jGGT meetings: hyperbolic and relatively hyperbolic groups, (in particular limit groups), graphs of spaces, 3-manifolds and right-angled Artin groups.
Following this, we make an attempt at explaining some of the methods, beginning with special non-positively curved cube complexes.

  • Junior Topology and Group Theory Seminar

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