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CAT(0) Cube Complexes and Low Dimensional Cohomology

Connections for Women: Geometric Group Theory August 17, 2016 - August 19, 2016

August 18, 2016 (11:20 AM PDT - 12:10 PM PDT)
Speaker(s): Talia Fernos (University of North Carolina)
Location: MSRI:
  • geometric group theory

  • CAT(0) space

  • cube complex

  • rigidity results

  • lattices in Lie groups

  • solvable groups

  • discrete group actions

  • cohomology theory

  • manifolds with boundary

  • amenable groups

  • Lipschitz continuity

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Secondary Mathematics Subject Classification No Secondary AMS MSC



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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