Seminar meets Tuesdays at 4:30 in BP 101 in the Tufts Math Department. You can subscribe to the GGTT mailing list here. In Fall 2019, the seminar organizers are Michael Ben-Zvi, Robert Kropholler, Kim Ruane and Genevieve Walsh.


Date Name Title
Sep 10 Claudio Llosa Isenrich Lower bounds on Dehn functions of residually free groups
Abstract: The Dehn function of a finitely presented group G with finite generating set X is a quantitative measure for the difficulty of detecting whether a word in X represents the trivial element in G. Dison raised the question if residually free groups admit a uniform polynomial upper bound on their Dehn functions. It is motivated by the existence of uniform polynomial upper bounds on interesting families of residually free groups, such as the Stallings–Bieri groups. In this talk we will show that the answer to Dison’s question is negative, by proving that for every r\geq 3 there is a subgroup G_r of a direct product of r free groups with Dehn function bounded below by n^r. This is joint work with Romain Tessera.
Sep 17 Kasia Jankiewicz Residual finiteness of certain three generator Artin groups
Abstract: Despite the simple looking presentation much is unknown about Artin groups. However, some questions can be answered in suitable classes of Artin groups. I will discuss the residual finiteness of Artin groups of large type on three generators. This relies on splittings of such Artin groups as amalgamated products of finitely generated free groups.
Sep 24 Edgar Bering Special covers of alternating links
Abstract: The “virtual conjectures” in low-dimensional topology, stated by Thurston in 1982, postulated that every hyperbolic 3-manifold has finite covers that are Haken and fibered, with large Betti numbers. These conjectures were resolved in 2012 by Agol and Wise, using the machine of special cube complexes. Since that time, many mathematicians have asked how big a cover one needs to take to ensure one of these desired properties.  

We begin to give a quantitative answer to this question, in the setting of alternating links in S^3. If a prime alternating link L has a diagram with n crossings, we prove that the complement of L has a special cover of degree less than 72((n-1)!)^2. As a corollary, we bound the degree of the cover required to get Betti number at least k. We also quantify residual finiteness, bounding the degree of a cover where a closed curve of length k fails to lift. This is joint work with David Futer.

Oct 1 Mark Pengitore Translation-like actions of nilpotent groups
Abstract: Whyte introduced translation-like actions of groups which serve as a geometric generalization of subgroup containment. He then proved a geometric reformulation of the von Neumann conjecture by demonstrating a finitely generated group is nonamenable if and only if it admits a translation-like action by a non-abelian free group. This provides motivation for the study of what groups can act translation-like on other groups. As a consequence of Gromov’s polynomial growth theorem, only nilpotent groups can act translation-like on other nilpotent groups. In joint work with David Cohen, we demonstrate that if two nilpotent groups have the same growth, but non-isomorphic Carnot completions, then they can’t act translation-like on each other.
Oct 8 Jason Manning TBA
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Oct 15   No Seminar
Oct 22 No Seminar  
Oct 29 Ivan Levcovitz TBA
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Nov 5 James Farre TBA
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Nov 12 MurphyKate Montee TBA
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Nov 19 Cristina Mullican TBA
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Nov 26   No Seminar
Dec 3 Thomas Weighill TBA
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Dec 10 Ben Schweinhart TBA
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