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Semistability of Amalgamated Products and HNN-Extensions
Michael L. Mihalik and Steven T. Tschantz

Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society
1992; 86 pp; softcover
Volume: 98
ISBN-10: 0-8218-2531-3
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-2531-0
List Price: US$29
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Order Code: MEMO/98/471
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In the study of the proper homotopy theory of finitely presented groups, semistability at infinity is an end invariant of central importance. A finitely presented group that is semistable at infinity has a well-defined fundamental group at infinity independent of base ray. If \(G\) is semistable at infinity, then \(G\) has free abelian second cohomology with \({\mathbb Z}G\) coefficients. In this work, the authors show that amalgamated products and HNN-extensions of finitely presented semistable at infinity groups are also semistable at infinity. A major step toward determining whether all finitely presented groups are semistable at infinity, this result easily generalizes to finite graphs of groups. In an early application, this result was used in showing that all one-relator groups are semistable at infinity. The theory of group actions on trees and techniques derived from the proof of Dunwoody's accessibility theorem are key ingredients in this work.


Mathematicians interested in geometric group theory, shape theory, or cohomology of groups.

Table of Contents

  • Geometric preliminaries
  • Outline of the proof
  • Dunwoody tracks and relative accessibility
  • Basic lemmas
  • Technical lemmas
  • Proof of the half-space lemma
  • Proof of Theorem 3.3.
  • Conclusion
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