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How much do the classes of geodesic metrics and Green metrics on a Gromov hyperbolic group differ?

Background Let $G$ be a Gromov hyperbolic group. If $G$ acts properly discontinuously and cocompactly on a proper geodesic metric space $X$, then any bijective identification of $G$ with its orbit ...
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What is known about maximal free subgroups of surface groups?

Let $\Gamma_g=< a_1,...,a_g,b_1,...,b_g | \prod_{i=1}^g [a_i,b_i]>$ (a surface group). What is known about maximal free subgroups of $\Gamma_g$ for $g>1.$ (I.e. free subgroups which are not ...
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118 views

Density of ends of long words in a hyperbolic group

Let $G$ be a Gromov hyperbolic group with a generating set $S$. For each $g \in G$, let $\xi_g$ be the point in the ideal boundary corresponding to the sequence $(g^n)$. Let $l_S(g)$ be the word ...
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Fixed directions and Zariski density of hyperbolic groups

It is a fact that if $\Lambda$ is a nonelementary subgroup of ${\rm PSL_2}(\mathbb{C})$ which contains an hyperbolic transformation and moreover ${\rm tr}(g)\in\mathbb{R}/\pm 1$ for all $g\in\Lambda$ ...
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Classification of maximal nonuniform Fuchsian lattices existent?

I am interested in the set of all non-cocompact Fuchsian lattices which all have a distinguished point as cusp, say $\infty$ in the upper half plane model of the hyperbolic plane. Of course, the ...
3
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Arithmetic Fuchsian lattices that are not finite index subgroups of Eichler orders?

Lindenstrauss' proof of AQUE (arithmetic quantum unique ergodicity) assumes that the Fuchsian lattice is an Eichler order or, if I understand it correctly, a finite index subgroup of an Eichler order. ...
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270 views

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?
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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 ...
12
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385 views

Distortion of malnormal subgroup of hyperbolic groups

Let $G$ be a countable, Gromov-hyperbolic group. We say that $H$ is hyperbolically embedded in $G$ if $G$ is relatively hyperbolic to {$H$} (in the strong sense). This definition is due to Osin. A ...
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Geometric effects of removing elements of D2n generalizable?

So, if I start with a full Dihedral group D2n to represent a regular, ideal polygon in the hyperbolic plane, then I remove an element (and any subsequently necessary elements so that it is still a ...
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349 views

Fundamental group of an hyperbolic $4$-manifold

Good afternoon everyone, I have a very general question about hyperbolic manifolds and their fundamental groups in high dimension (at least $4$). If the theory of surfaces and $3$-manifolds provide ...
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1answer
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Why isn't $\langle x,y,z|xyzx^{-1}y^{-1}z^{-1}\rangle$ a hyperbolic surface group?

The group mentioned in the title, $\langle x,y,z|xyzx^{-1}y^{-1}z^{-1}=1\rangle$, is in between the torus fundamental group $\langle x,y|xyx^{-1}y^{-1}=1\rangle$ and the two-holed torus fundamental ...
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An action or two of $SL_2(\Bbb Z)$?

$SL_2(\Bbb Z)$ acts on ${\Bbb R}^2$ fixing set-wise ${\Bbb Z}^2$, so $SL_2(\Bbb Z)$ acts on ${\Bbb R}^2\setminus {\Bbb Z}^2$, and then on the universal covering space of ${\Bbb R}^2\setminus {\Bbb ...
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Do quasi convex hyperbolic subgroups remain quasi convex after adding redundant generators?

We know now that hyperbolic 3-manifolds virtually embed into right-angled Artin groups as quasiconvex subgroups. Also, quasiconvexity depends on the generating set. I have been constructing a space ...
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Can the finiteness of a Burnside group with two generators be checked algorithmically by using Fuchsian von Dyck groups?

BIG EDIT of the previous question "Coverings of the free Burnside groups", never answered. In the paper http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF00046586 (last section) there is an interesting ...
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reference request: “p-adic” presentation of surfaces

On several occasions I heart about the following result: For "certain" lattices $\Lambda$ in $SL_2(\mathbb{R})$, and almost any prime $p$ there exists a lattice $\Gamma$ in $SL_2(\mathbb{R})\times ...
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Local curvature in a Cayley complex

I'm curious about non-shperical regions in the Cayley complex of a hyperbolic group $G = < X : R \>$ that one might reasonably consider "curved", but I haven't found much discussion of local ...
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Combination theorems for discrete subgroups of isometry groups

Maskit's combination theorem says: if $M=M_1\cup_\Sigma M_2$ is a union of hyperbolic 3-manifolds $M_1=\Gamma_1\backslash H^3, M_2=\Gamma_2\backslash H^3$ along a surface $\Sigma$, and if the limit ...
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Does the fundamental group of a surface have rigid subgroups?

Suppose $\Gamma$ is the fundamental group of a closed, oriented surface $S$. Let $B$ be a finitely generated, infinite index subgroup of $\Gamma$, and let $\Gamma_B$ be the compact core of the ...
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665 views

Non-residually finite matrix groups

By Malcev's theorem, every finitely generated linear group is residually finite (RF). On the other hand, say, the group of rational numbers is linear, but is not residually finite. Thus, one has to ...
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3answers
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Primitive elements in a free group of rank three

It is well-known that the fundamental group of a twice-punctured torus is a free group of rank three. I see that there is no one-to-one correspondence between the homotopy classes of essential ...
3
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2answers
561 views

A construction of generators of discrete subgroups of SL(2,R)

I know about geometrical method of construction of discrete subgroups of $SL(2,\mathbb{R})$ using Lobachevsky plane (e.g. B.A. Dubrovin, A.T. Fomenko, S.P. Novikov, Modern Geometry --- Methods and ...
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1answer
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Gromov's Hyperbolicity and Positive Cheeger Constant in Planar Graphs

It is known that for metric graphs the concepts of Gromov's hyperbolicity and strictly positive Cheeger constant are related. Let us first recall the definition of the Cheeger constant. Let $G$ be a ...
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Subgroup structure of $\mathrm{SO}(1,n)_0$

A classification (up to conjugacy) of all closed subgroups of the (identity component of the) Lorentz group $\mathrm{SO}(1,3)_0$ in terms of the subalgebras of its Lie algebra was given in R. Shaw. ...
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1answer
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Does a compact negatively curved manfiold of dimension 4 admit a cover of finite degree?

A $3$-dimensional compact manifold of negative sectional curvature admits (by geometrisation?) a metric of curvature $-1$, and so its fundamental group has subgroups of finite index. I wonder if an ...
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Existence of finite index torsion free subgroups of hyperbolic groups

Question. Is it true that each infinite hyperbolic group has a torsion free subgroup of finite index? Are there counterexamples, or positive results for some large subclasses of hyperbolic groups? ...
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〈x,y : x^p = y^p = (xy)^p = 1〉

Let $p$ be an odd prime and $G := \langle x,y : x^p = y^p = (xy)^p = 1 \rangle$. I want to show that $G$ is infinite and wonder if there is a good way to prove this. I'm familiar with the basics of ...