The rates of growth in a hyperbolic group

8 June 2020
15:45
Abstract

We study the countable set of rates of growth of a hyperbolic 
group with respect to all its finite generating sets. We prove that the 
set is well-ordered, and that every real number can be the rate of growth 
of at most finitely many generating sets up to automorphism of the group.

We prove that the ordinal of the set of rates of growth is at least $ω^ω$, 
and in case the group is a limit group (e.g., free and surface groups), it 
is $ω^ω$.

We further study the rates of growth of all the finitely generated 
subgroups of a hyperbolic group with respect to all their finite 
generating sets. This set is proved to be well-ordered as well, and every 
real number can be the rate of growth of at most finitely many isomorphism 
classes of finite generating sets of subgroups of a given hyperbolic 
group. Finally, we strengthen our results to include rates of growth of 
all the finite generating sets of all the subsemigroups of a hyperbolic 
group.

Joint work with Koji Fujiwara.