Seminar series
Tue, 13 Jun 2023
15:00 - 16:00
Jonathan Fruchter

We begin with a seemingly simple question: how can one distinguish a surface group from other cyclic amalgamations of two free groups? This question will prompt a (geometrically flavoured) investigation of virtual homological properties of graphs of free groups amalgamated along cyclic edge groups, where surface subgroups play a key role. 

We next turn to study limit groups and residually free groups through their finite quotients, and apply our findings to the study of profinite rigidity within these classes of groups. In particular, we will sketch out why a direct product of free and surface groups cannot have the same finite quotients as any other finitely presented residually free group.

If time permits, we will discuss other possible characterizations of surface groups among limit groups. The talk is based on joint work with Ismael Morales.


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