Séminaire Géométrie et groupes discrets

Equations in Periodic Groups

by Prof. Rémi Coulon (CNRS & Université Rennes 1)

Europe/Paris
Centre de conférences Marilyn et James Simons (IHES)

Centre de conférences Marilyn et James Simons

IHES

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Description
The free Burnside group B(r,n) is the quotient of the free group of rank r by the normal subgroup generated by the n-th power of all its elements. It was introduced in 1902 by Burnside, who asked whether B(r,n) is necessarily a finite group or not. In 1968 Novikov and Adian proved that if r > 1 and n is a sufficiently large odd exponent, then B(r,n) is actually infinite. It turns out that B(r,n) has a very rich structure. In this talk we are interested in understanding equations in B(r,n). In particular we want to investigate the following problem: given a set of equations S, under which conditions does every solution to S in B(r,n) already come from a solution in the free group of rank r?
Along the way we will explore other aspects of certain periodic groups (i.e. quotients of a free Burnside group) such as the Hopf / co-Hopf property, the isomorphism problem, their automorphism groups, etc.
Joint work with Z. Sela.

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