Shift Dynamics for Cyclically Presented Groups

  • Thu 7 Sep 17

    14:00 - 15:00

  • Colchester Campus

    Room 6.300

  • Event speaker

    Bill Bogley, Oregon State University

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Mathematical Sciences, Department of

A finite presentation for a group G is 'symmetric' if there is a regular permutation group for the generating set that induces a regular permutation of the relator set, in which case the permutation group acts by automorphisms on G.

I will present a criterion under which the permutation group embeds in the outer automorphism group of G. The criterion involves 'asphericity' of a certain 'relative presentation' associated to the permutation action and which strongly affects the dynamics of the permutation action on the non-identity elements of G. Failure of the criterion implies the existence of combinatorial geometric objects called 'spherical pictures'. I will display some of these diagrams and discuss their algebraic and topological significance.


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