The coarse geometry of group splittings

12 February 2018
15:45
Alexander Margolis
Abstract

One of the fundamental themes of geometric group theory is to
view finitely generated groups as geometric objects in their own right,
and to then understand to what extent the geometry of a group determines
its algebra. A theorem of Stallings says that a finitely generated group
has more than one end if and only if it splits over a finite subgroup.
In this talk, I will explain an analogous geometric characterisation of
when a group admits a splitting over certain classes of infinite subgroups.