Take the 2-minute tour ×
MathOverflow is a question and answer site for professional mathematicians. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Can one characterize the amenable groups that have the property that the centralizer of every non-identity element is cyclic?

For example, must they be solvable?

share|improve this question
1  
Which elements of the free group have noncyclic centralizers? –  Goldstern Apr 26 '13 at 22:26
1  
@Goldstern: Nonabelian free groups are not amenable. –  Misha Apr 26 '13 at 23:22
2  
@solovei: Now, this, is a reasonable question. For elementary amenable groups, the answer, I think, affirmative (i.e., all such groups are solvable). For nonelementary amenable groups, a comprehensive answer is well beyond the reach of the present technology. However, for the specific question about solvability, I would bet on a counterexample. For instance, I see nothing to prevent existence of a f.g. amenable group with trivial center, where every proper subgroup is cyclic (a version of Tarski monster). (If you ask A.Ol'shansky, he might be able to construct one for you.) –  Misha Apr 26 '13 at 23:39
1  
Sorry, I misread the question as "Can one characterize amenable groups BY the following property" (which would be silly). –  Goldstern Apr 27 '13 at 0:24
2  
Am I the only one who is bugged by questions that start in the title instead of being self-contained in the body? –  Arturo Magidin Apr 27 '13 at 5:18
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.