A Kähler group is a group which can be realised as the fundamental group of a close Kähler manifold. We will prove that for a Kähler group $G$ we have that $G$ is residually free if and only if $G$ is a full subdirect product of a free abelian group and finitely many closed hyperbolic surface groups. We will then address Delzant-Gromov's question of which subgroups of direct products of surface groups are Kähler: We explain how to construct subgroups of direct products of surface groups which have even first Betti number but are not Kähler. All relevant notions will be explained in the talk.
- Junior Topology and Group Theory Seminar