Forking in the free group

13 June 2013
17:00
Chloe Perin
Abstract
Sela showed that the theory of the non abelian free groups is stable. In a joint work with Sklinos, we give some characterization of the forking independence relation between elements of the free group F over a set of parameters A in terms of the Grushko and cyclic JSJ decomposition of F relative to A. The cyclic JSJ decomposition of F relative to A is a geometric group theory tool that encodes all the splittings of F as an amalgamated product (or HNN extension) over cyclic subgroups in which A lies in one of the factors.