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401-4206-17L  Group Actions on Trees

SemesterSpring Semester 2017
LecturersN. Lazarovich
Periodicitynon-recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


AbstractAs a main theme, we will explain how an action of a group on a tree enables us to break the group into smaller pieces, and thus gain better understanding of its structure. After introducing the general theory, we will cover various topics in this general theme.
ObjectiveIntroduction to the general theory of group actions on trees, also known as Bass-Serre theory, and various important results on decompositions of groups.
ContentDepending on time we will cover some of the following topics.
- Free groups and their subgroups.
- The general theory of actions on trees, i.e, Bass-Serre theory.
- Trees as 1-dimensional buildings.
- Stallings' theorem.
- Grushko's and Dunwoody's accessibility results.
- Actions on R-trees and the Rips machine.
LiteratureJ.-P. Serre, Trees. (Translated from the French by John Stillwell). Springer-Verlag, 1980. ISBN 3-540-10103-9

C. T. C. Wall. The geometry of abstract groups and their splittings. Revista Matemática Complutense vol. 16(2003), no. 1, pp. 5-101
Prerequisites / NoticeFamiliarity with the basics of fundamental group (and covering theory).