The Haagerup property is not a quasi-isometry invariant (after M. Carette)

6 May 2014
Alain Valette
A finitely generated group has the Haagerup property if it admits a proper isometric action on a Hilbert space. It was a long open question whether Haagerup property is a quasi-isometry invariant. The negative answer was recently given by Mathieu Carette, who constructed two quasi-isometric generalized Baumslag-Solitar groups, one with the Haagerup property, the other not. Elaborating on these examples, we proved (jointly with S. Arnt and T. Pillon) that the equivariant Hilbert compression is not a quasi-isometry invariant. The talk will be devoted to describing Carette's examples.