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### Introductory text on geometric group theory?

Can someone indicate me a good introductory text on geometric group theory?

**16**

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**9**answers

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### The free group $F_2$ has index 12 in SL(2,$\mathbb{Z}$)

Is there someone who can give me some hints/references to the proof of this fact?

**20**

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**1**answer

518 views

### Group with finite outer automorphism group and large center

Does there exist a finitely generated group $G$ with outer automorphism group $\mathrm{Out}(G)$ finite, whose center contains infinitely many elements of order $p$ for some prime $p$?
A motivation is ...

**13**

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**7**answers

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### Understanding groups that are not linear

I have a really hard time "feeling" what it means for a group to fail to be linear. Vaguely, I'd like to know how one should think about such groups. More precisely:
What are some interesting ...

**10**

votes

**3**answers

706 views

### Folner sets and balls

Several related questions were asked before on MO, but it is not clear to me if the following was settled.
Given a finitely generated amenable group, is it always possible to find some finite ...

**10**

votes

**1**answer

432 views

### Holomorphic cusp forms and cohomology of GL(2,Z)

Let $V_{k}$ denote the complex representation of $\mathrm{GL}(2)$ given by $\mathrm{Sym}^k(V)$, where $V$ is the defining 2-dimensional representation. Assume that $k$ is even. I would like to compute ...

**13**

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**2**answers

611 views

### Minimal number of generators for $GL(n,\mathbb{Z})$

$\DeclareMathOperator{\gl}{GL}\DeclareMathOperator{\sl}{SL}$From de la Harpe's book "Topics in Geometric Group Theory" I learnt that $\gl(n,\mathbb{Z})$ is generated by the matrices $$s_1 = \begin{...

**7**

votes

**2**answers

339 views

### Is residual finiteness a property of “many” finitely presented groups?

Is there a reasonable random model for selecting a finitely presented group $G$ such that with positive probablity (or even with probability almost $1$) some of the following properties hold:
$G$ is ...

**3**

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**1**answer

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### How do Dehn functions of special linear and mapping class groups behave?

Hi,
I apologize for the basic questions. I am looking for good references on the following problems:
1) What is known about the Dehn function of $SL_n(\mathbb{Z})$?
2) What is known about the Dehn ...

**13**

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**2**answers

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### Dehn's algorithm for word problem for surface groups

For some $g \geq 2$, let $\Gamma_g$ be the fundamental group of a closed genus $g$ surface and let $S_g=\{a_1,b_1,\ldots,a_g,b_g\}$ be the usual generating set for $\Gamma_g$ satisfying the surface ...

**8**

votes

**4**answers

554 views

### isometric embeddings of Cayley graphs in “nice” spaces

This is from a physicist I know and as may be expected, I am threading my way between poorly defined and poorly translated.
What groups have Cayley graphs (w.r.t. a fixed finite generating set, and ...

**5**

votes

**0**answers

173 views

### Wild automorphisms of a free group

Let $F_X$ be a free group on a countably infinite set $X$. Let $\alpha$ be an automorphism of $F_X$ and $H$ a closed subgroup of $F_X$ in the profinite topology.
Is it possible that $\alpha(H) \...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

151 views

### Connection between Stalling's end theorem and Seifert-van Kampen Theorem

Stalling`s end Theorem (a group has more than one end iff it splits over a finite subgroup) and the Seifert-van Kampen Theorem (the fundamental group of a 'decomposable' space is a free amalgamated ...

**9**

votes

**1**answer

404 views

### Topology of boundaries of hyperbolic groups

For many examples of word-hyperbolic groups which I have seen in the context of low-dimensional topology, the ideal boundary is either homeomorphic to a n-sphere for some n or a Cantor set. So, I was ...

**7**

votes

**2**answers

606 views

### Is there an algebraically normal function from $\mathbb{Z}^{n}$ to $\{ 0 , 1\}$?

Definition: Let $h$ be a polynomial in $n$ variables, then :
$\gamma(h,r,R):=\{ v \in \mathbb{Z}^{n} : \vert h(v) \vert \leq r, \Vert v \Vert < R \}$
Let $\omega : \mathbb{Z}^{n} \to \{ 0 , 1\}$...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

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### Fixed points on boundary of hyperbolic group

Let G be a word-hyperbolic group with torsion and let ∂G be its boundary. Do there exist criteria that imply that all non-trivial finite order elements of G act fixed-point freely on ∂G?

**7**

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**1**answer

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### Paper by I. N. Sanov, Solution of the Burnside problem for exponent 4

I have searched extensively online and for copies of printed journals containing the paper which details Sanov's solution to the Burnside Problem for exponent 4, which is widely cited in many papers ...

**5**

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**0**answers

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### Quotients of an extension of the Higman group

(Note: this started as a different question that soon changed form, thanks to the answers.)
Let $G = \mathbb{Z}/4\mathbb{Z} \ltimes H_4$, where $H_4$ is the Higman group and $\mathbb{Z}/4\mathbb{Z}$ ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

152 views

### Which 3-manifolds have positive rank gradient?

For which $3$-manifolds $M$ is the fundamental group $\pi_1(M)$
finitely generated and has positive rank gradient?
Recall that the rank gradient of a finitely generated group $G$ is defined to be $...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

262 views

### Bases of free groups

Let $F$ be a free group on a finite set $X$. Let $A \subseteq X$ be a subset of $X$ contained in some $H \leq F$, a subgroup of finite index in $F$. Must there be a basis (free generating set) for $H$ ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

130 views

### Engulfing Kleinian groups?

Let $G$ be a Kleinian group, and let $H \lneq G$ be a finitely
generated subgroup. Must there be a proper finite index subgroup $U$ of $G$ containing $H$ ?
I know that this is true for Fuchsian ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

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### Rank gradient in free products amalgamating a finite subgroup

Let $A,B$ be finitely generated groups with a common finite subgroup $C$. Suppose that $[A : C] > 2, [B : C] > 1$.
Must $A *_C B$ have positive rank gradient?
See Which 3-manifolds have ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

181 views

### Marshall Hall's theorem for surface groups [closed]

Let $\Gamma_g$ be a surface group of genus $g \geq 2$, that is we have a presentation: $$\Gamma_g = \langle x_1,y_1 \dots, x_g,y_g \vert \prod_{i = 1}^g [x_i,y_i] = 1\rangle$$
Let $H \leq \Gamma_g$ ...

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**2**answers

438 views

### Abstract Commensurator Group of $\mathbb{Z}^n$ $Comm(\mathbb{Z}^n)\cong GL(n,\mathbb{Q})$?

Hello! In a paper I read that $\mathrm{Comm}(\mathbb{Z}^n)\cong \mathrm{GL}(n,\mathbb{Q})$. Why is that true? How can I find an isomorphism of this groups?
I know that $\mathrm{Aut}(\mathbb{Z}^n)\...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

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### Kropholler's Conjecture and 3-manifolds

Suppose that $G$ is a group and that $H$ is a subgroup, both finitely generated, and assume that there is a non-trivial H-almost invariant set $X$ with $HXH=X$. Kropholler's Conjecture asserts that $ ...