Past Junior Topology and Group Theory Seminar

26 April 2010
27 April 2010
Nicholas Touikan
Take a group G and split it as the fundamental group of a graph of groups, then take the vertex groups and split them as fundamental groups of graphs of groups etc. If at some point you end up with a collection of unsplittable groups, then you have a hierarchy. Haken showed that for any 3-manifold M with an incompressible surface S, one can cut M along S and and then find other incompressible surfaces in M\S and cut again, and repeating this process one eventually obtains a collection of balls. Analogously, Delzant and Potyagailo showed that for any finitely presented group without 2-torsion and a certain sensible class E of subgroups of G, G admits a hierarchy where the edge groups of the splittings lie in E. I really like their proof and I will present it.
  • Junior Topology and Group Theory Seminar
2 February 2010
Richard Wade
We introduce Outer space, a contractible finite dimensional topological space on which the outer automorphism group of a free group acts 'nicely.' We will explain what 'nicely' is, and provide motivation with comparisons to symmetric spaces, analogous spaces associated to linear groups.
  • Junior Topology and Group Theory Seminar