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Comment: 10 pages. Incorporates referee's comments. To appear in Proceedings of the conference "Geometry, Topology and Dynamics in Negative Curvature", Bangalore August 2010
Let G be a complete Kac-Moody group of rank n \geq 2 over the finite field of order q, with Weyl group W and building \Delta. We first show that if W is right-angled, then for all q \neq 1 mod 4 the group G admits a cocompact lattice \Gamma which acts transitively on the chambers of \Delta. We also obtain a cocompact lattice for q =1 mod 4 in the case that \Delta is Bourdon's building. As a corollary of our constructions, for certain right-angled W and certain q, the lattice \Gamma has a surf...
Let G be a reductive group over the field F=k((t)), where k is an algebraic closure of a finite field, and let W be the (extended) affine Weyl group of G. The associated affine Deligne-Lusztig varieties $X_x(b)$, which are indexed by elements b in G(F) and x in W, were introduced by Rapoport. Basic questions about the varieties $X_x(b)$ which have remained largely open include when they are nonempty, and if nonempty, their dimension. We use techniques inspired by geometric group theory and re...
We construct cocompact lattices Γ’0< Γ0 in the group G = PGLd(Fq((t))) which are\ud type-preserving and act transitively on the set of vertices of each type in the building Δ associated to G. These lattices are commensurable with the lattices of Cartwright [Steger [CS]. The stabiliser of each vertex in Γ’0 is a Singer cycle and the stabiliser of each vertex in Γ0 is isomorphic to\ud the normaliser of a Singer cycle in PGLd(q). We show that the intersections of Γ’0 and Γ0 with\ud PSLd(Fq((t...
Let K be the field of formal Laurent series over the finite field of order q. We construct cocompact lattices \Gamma'_0 < \Gamma_0 in the group G = PGL_d(K) which are type-preserving and act transitively on the set of vertices of each type in the building associated to G. The stabiliser of each vertex in \Gamma'_0 is a Singer cycle and the stabiliser of each vertex in \Gamma_0 is isomorphic to the normaliser of a Singer cycle in PGL_d(q). We then show that the intersections of \Gamma'_0 and \...
Bowditch's JSJ tree for splittings over 2-ended subgroups is a quasi-isometry invariant for 1-ended hyperbolic groups which are not cocompact Fuchsian. Our main result gives an explicit, computable "visual" construction of this tree for certain hyperbolic right-angled Coxeter groups. As an application of our construction we identify a large class of such groups for which the JSJ tree, and hence the visual boundary, is a complete quasi-isometry invariant, and thus the quasi-isometry problem is...
Let W be a 2-dimensional right-angled Coxeter group. We characterise such W with linear and quadratic divergence, and construct right-angled Coxeter groups with divergence polynomial of arbitrary degree. Our proofs use the structure of walls in the Davis complex.
Recent work of Lazarovich provides necessary and sufficient conditions on a graph L for there to exist a unique simply-connected (k, L)-complex. The two conditions are symmetry properties of the graph, namely vertex-star transitivity and edge-star transitivity. In this paper we investigate vertex- and edge-star transitive graphs by studying the structure of the vertex and edge stabilisers of such graphs. We also provide new examples of graphs that are both vertex-star transitive and edge-star...
Recent work of Lazarovich provides necessary and sufficient conditions on a graph L for there to exist a unique simply-connected (k,L)-complex. The two conditions are symmetry properties of the graph, namely star-transitivity and st(edge)-transitivity. In this paper we investigate star-transitive and st(edge)-transitive graphs by studying the structure of the vertex and edge stabilisers of such graphs. We also provide new examples of graphs that are both star-transitive and st(edge)-transitive.
Let (W,S) be a finite rank Coxeter system with W infinite. We prove that the limit weak order on the blocks of infinite reduced words of W is encoded by the topology of the Tits boundary of the Davis complex X of W. We consider many special cases, including W word hyperbolic, and X with isolated flats. We establish that when W is word hyperbolic, the limit weak order is the disjoint union of weak orders of finite Coxeter groups. We also establish, for each boundary point \xi, a natural order-...
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