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On systems of equations over free partially commutative groups

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Montserrat Casals-Ruiz, Montserrat Casals-Ruiz, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, McGill University, 805 Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal, Quebec H3A 2K6, Canada and Ilya Kazachkov, Ilya Kazachkov, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, McGill University, 805 Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal, Quebec H3A 2K6, Canada

Publication: Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society
Publication Year 2011: Volume 212, Number 999
ISBNs: 978-0-8218-5258-3 (print); 978-1-4704-0616-5 (online)
Published electronically: December 22, 2010
MathSciNet review: 2817144
Keywords: Equations in groups, partially commutative group, right-angled Artin group, Makanin-Razborov diagrams, algebraic geometry over groups
MSC (2010): Primary 20F70; Secondary 20F10, 20F36

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Table of Contents


  • Chapter 1. Introduction
  • Chapter 2. Preliminaries
  • Chapter 3. Reducing systems of equations over to constrained generalised equations over
  • Chapter 4. The process: Construction of the tree T
  • Chapter 5. Minimal solutions
  • Chapter 6. Periodic structures
  • Chapter 7. The finite tree and minimal solutions
  • Chapter 8. From the coordinate group to proper quotients: The decomposition tree and the extension tree
  • Chapter 9. The solution tree and the main theorem


Using an analogue of Makanin-Razborov diagrams, we give an effective description of the solution set of systems of equations over a partially commutative group (right-angled Artin group) . Equivalently, we give a parametrisation of , where is a finitely generated group.

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