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Homology gradients of Bestvina--Brady Groups

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  • UserSam Fisher, University of Oxford
  • ClockFriday 24 February 2023, 16:00-17:00
  • HouseMR13.

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Let P be a numerical invariant of a topological space, let X be a space, and let (X_i) be a (residual) tower of covers of finite degree d_i. The P-gradient associated to the pair X, (X_i) is the limit of P(X_i) / d_i as i tends to infinity. The three most important questions to answer when studying P-gradients are: Does the limit exist? Does it depend on the choice of tower? Can we relate the limit to another known invariant? When P is the nth rational Betti number, the answer to all these questions is provided by Lück’s celebrated Approximation Theorem, which states that the limit always equals the nth L^2 Betti number. In this talk, we will discuss several gradient invariants and the many open problems in this area. We will focus primarily on the mod-p homology gradients, where our main result will be a computation of these invariants for Bestvina—Brady groups, and more generally kernels of maps from Raags to Z. If time permits, we will also mention a connection with algebraic fibring. This is joint work with Sam Hughes and Ian Leary.

This talk is part of the Junior Geometry Seminar series.

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