# Past Junior Topology and Group Theory Seminar

I will compare features of (classical) cohomology theory of groups to the rather exotic features of bounded (or continuous bounded) cohomology of groups.

Besides giving concrete examples I will state classical cohomological tools/features and see how (if) they survive in the case of bounded cohomology. Such will include the Mayer-Vietoris sequence, the transfer map, resolutions, classifying spaces, the universal coefficient theorem, the cup product, vanishing results, cohomological dimension and relation to extensions.

Finally I will discuss their connection to each other via the comparison map.

By gluing copies of a deforming polytope, we describe some deformations of complete, finite-volume hyperbolic cone four-manifolds. Despite the fact that hyperbolic lattices are locally rigid in dimension greater than three (Garland-Raghunathan), we see a four-dimensional analogue of Thurston's hyperbolic Dehn filling: a path of cone-manifolds $M_t$ interpolating between two cusped hyperbolic four-manifolds $M_0$ and $M_1$.

This is a joint work with Bruno Martelli.

This talk will introduce the notion of quasi-convex subgroups. As an application, we will prove that the intersection of two finitely generated subgroups of a free group is again finitely generated.

Stallings' theorem states that a finitely generated group splits over a finite subgroup if and only if it has more than one end. As a consequence of this, group splittings over finite subgroups are invariant under quasi-isometry. I will discuss a generalisation of Stallings' theorem which shows that under suitable hypotheses, group splittings over classes of infinite groups, namely coarse $PD_n$ groups, are also invariant under quasi-isometry.

A Kähler group is a group which can be realised as fundamental group of a compact Kähler manifold. I shall begin by explaining why such groups are not arbitrary and then address Delzant-Gromov's question of which subgroups of direct products of surface groups are Kähler. Work of Bridson, Howie, Miller and Short reduces this to the case of subgroups which are not of type $\mathcal{F}_r$ for some $r$. We will give a new construction producing Kähler groups with exotic finiteness properties by mapping products of closed Riemann surfaces onto an elliptic curve. We will then explain how this construction can be generalised to higher dimensions. This talk is independent of last weeks talk on Kähler groups and all relevant notions will be explained.

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.