Event Detail

Event Type: 
Topology Seminar
Date/Time: 
Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 07:00
Location: 
Kidd 236

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Abstract: 

The Bass-Serre theory is a fundamental structure theorem in group theory that relates geometric and combinatorial aspects of a group. Generally speaking, a group that acts on a tree decomposes into smaller pieces encoded in the stabilizer data via iterated applications of HNN extensions and free products with amalgamation. These latter constructions are well-regulated from a combinatorial perspective, including normal forms. This talk will survey the relevant normal forms and the connection to actions on trees.