Event № 607
A model geometry for a finitely generated group is a proper geodesic metric space on which the group acts properly and cocompactly. If two groups have a common model geometry, the Milnor-Schwarz Lemma tells us that the groups are quasiisometric. In contrast, two quasi-isometric groups do not, in general, have a common model geometry.
A simple surface amalgam is obtained by taking a finite collection of compact surfaces, each with a single boundary component, and gluing them together by identifying their boundary curves. We consider the fundamental groups of such spaces and show that commensurability is determined by having a common model geometry. This gives a relatively simple family of groups that are quasi-isometric, but are neither commensurable, nor act on the same common model geometry.
This work is joint with Emily Stark.