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Title:Algorithmic and statistical properties of filling elements of a free group, and quantitative residual properties of gamma-limit groups
Author(s):Solie, Brent B.
Director of Research:Kapovitch, Ilia
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Leininger, Christopher J.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Kapovitch, Ilia; Mineyev, Igor; Robinson, Derek J.S.
Department / Program:Mathematics
Discipline:Mathematics
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):filling element
filling subgroup
free group
Culler-Vogtmann outer space
groups acting on trees
genericity
limit groups
relatively hyperbolic groups
hyperbolic geometry
residual properties
Abstract:A filling subgroup of a finitely generated free group F(X) is a subgroup which does not fix a point in any very small action free action on an R-tree. For the free group of rank two, we construct a combinatorial algorithm to determine whether or not a given finitely generated subgroup is filling. In higher ranks, we discuss two types of non-filling subgroups: those contained in loop vertex subgroups and those contained in segment vertex subgroups. We construct a combinatorial algorithm to determine whether or not a given finitely generated subgroup is contained in a segment vertex subgroup. We further give a combinatorial algorithm which identifies a certain kind of subgroup contained in a loop vertex subgroup. Finally, we show that the set of filling elements of F(X) is exponentially generic in the sense of Arzhantseva-Ol’shanskii, refining a result of Kapovich and Lustig. Let Γ be a fixed hyperbolic group. The Γ-limit groups of Sela are exactly the finitely generated, fully residually Γ groups. We give a new invariant of Γ-limit groups called Γ-discriminating complexity and show that the Γ-discriminating complexity of any Γ-limit group is asymptotically dominated by a polynomial. Our proof relies on an embedding theorem of Kharlampovich-Myasnikov which states that a Γ-limit group embeds in an iterated extension of centralizers over Γ.The result then follows from our proof that if G is an iterated extension of centralizers over Γ, the G-discriminating complexity of a rank n extension of a cyclic centralizer of G is asymptotically dominated by a polynomial of degree n.
Issue Date:2011-05-25
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/24044
Rights Information:Copyright 2011 Brent B. Solie
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-25
Date Deposited:2011-05


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