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Monster groups acting on CAT(0) spaces

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  • UserRémi Coulon (Université de Rennes 1; CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique))
  • ClockThursday 16 February 2017, 10:00-12:00
  • HouseSeminar Room 2, Newton Institute.

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NPC - Non-positive curvature group actions and cohomology

Since the beginning of the 20th century, infinite torsion groups have been the source of numerous developments in group theory: Burnside groups Tarski monsters, Grigorchuck groups, etc. From a geometric point of view, one would like to understand on which metric spaces such groups may act in a non degenerated way (e.g. without a global fixed point).   In this talk we will focus on CAT spaces and present two examples with rather curious properties. The first one is a non-amenable finitely generated torsion group acting properly on a CAT cube complex. The second one is a non-abelian finitely generated Tarski-like monster : every finitely generated subgroup is either finite or has finite index. In addition this group is residually finite and does not have Kazdhan property (T).   (Joint work with Vincent Guirardel)



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