"Geometry and Analysis on Groups" Research Seminar

Time: 2016.06.28, 15:30
Location: 9.Stock Besprechungsraum, Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1
Title: "Kaplansky's zero divisor conjecture, CAT(0) cubulation, and the unique product property" (Thesis Defense).
Speaker: Markus Steenbock (Universität Wien)

Small cancellation theory studies groups via conditions imposed solely on their presentations by generators and relators. Recently, the field was revolutionised by Gromov's graphical small cancellation theory, which he used to construct groups that contain an expander graph sequence in their Cayley graphs.

In my thesis, I further developed small cancellation theory tailored to study quotients of free products of groups. I will give an overview on my contributions, including a combination theorem for CAT(0) cubulation in classical small cancellation theory over free products, and my variant of graphical small cancellation theory over free products.

To give applications, I will discuss examples of Gromov hyperbolic groups without the unique product property, as well as examples of such groups with Kazhdan's Property (T).