Leighton's Theorem

29 May 2019
Sam Shepherd

Leighton's Theorem states that if two finite graphs have a common universal cover then they have a common finite cover. I will present a new proof of this using groupoids, and then talk about two generalisations of the theorem that can also be tackled with this groupoid approach: one gives us control over the local structure of the common finite cover, and the other deals with graphs of spaces.

  • Junior Topology and Group Theory Seminar