Bounds on Splittings of Groups

13 May 2015
16:00
Alexander Margolis
Abstract

We say a group is accessible if the process of iteratively decomposing G as an amalgamated free product or HNN extension over a finite group terminates in a finite number of steps. We will see Dunwoody's proof that FP2 groups are accessible, but that finitely generated groups need not be. If time permits, we will examine generalizations by Bestvina-Feighn, Sela and Louder.

  • Junior Topology and Group Theory Seminar