CAT(0) Cube Complexes and Low Dimensional Cohomology
Location: MSRI: Simons Auditorium
geometric group theory
Hilbert space isometries
discrete group actions
CAT(0) cube complexes are charming objects with many striking properties. For example, they admit two interesting, and naturally coupled metrics: the CAT(0) metric and the median metric, allowing one to access the rich tools from each of those worlds. The study of low dimensional cohomology of a group touches upon several important aspects of group theory: Property (T), the Haagerup Property, stable commutator length, and even superrigidity. In this talk, we will discuss CAT(0) cube complexes, and how they provide a nice framework for finding low dimensional cohomology classes such as the Haagerup Cocycle and various generalization of the Brooks cocycle.
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