Mini-course: On the volume growth of finitely-generated groups (Alex Bishop, Université de Genève)

13.12.2023 16:15

In geometric group theory an important observation is that every finitely-generated group can be viewed as a metric space (up to a natural equivalence relation known as quasi-isometry). It is then of great interest to characterise the asymptotics of how the volume of a closed ball in this space grow with respect to its radius. In 1968, Milnor asked if there is a characterisation of groups whose growth is bounded above by a polynomial, and if there is any group whose growth is neither polynomial nor exponential. The first of these questions was answered by Gromov in 1981 who showed that all groups with polynomial growth are virtually nilpotent; and the second question was answered by Grigorchuk in 1985 who contracted an example of a group with so-called intermediate growth. These results sparked a great interest in the study of growth.

The focus of these talks will be on understanding these results, and their impact. In our first talk, we cover the definitions, some examples, and some important results in the area, including, the Švarc-Milnor lemma and Gromov's characterisation of polynomial growth. Our second talk will be devoted to the example, provided by Grigorchuk, of a group with intermediate growth.

This will be the first of the two talks.


Bâtiment: Conseil Général 7-9

Room 6-13, Graduate Seminar

Organisé par

Section de mathématiques


Alex Bishop, Université de Genève

entrée libre


Catégorie: Séminaire

Mots clés: graduate seminar

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