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Tag Archives: quasimorphisms
Chiral subsurface projection, asymmetric metrics and quasimorphisms
Last week I was at Oberwolfach for a meeting on geometric group theory. My friend and collaborator Koji Fujiwara gave a very nice talk about constructing actions of groups on quasitrees (i.e. spaces quasiisometric to trees). The construction is inspired … Continue reading
Causal geometry
On page 10 of Besse’s famous book on Einstein manifolds one finds the following quote: It would seem that Riemannian and Lorentzian geometry have much in common: canonical connections, geodesics, curvature tensor, etc. . . . But in fact this … Continue reading
Quasimorphisms from knot invariants
Last week, Michael Brandenbursky from the Technion gave a talk at Caltech on an interesting connection between knot theory and quasimorphisms. Michael’s paper on this subject may be obtained from the arXiv. Recall that given a group , a quasimorphism … Continue reading
Posted in 3manifolds, Groups
Tagged 4ball genus, braids, CochranOrrTeichner, knot concordance, quasimorphisms, ribbon, signature, slice
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Faces of the scl norm ball
I am in Melbourne at the moment, in the middle of giving a lecture series, as part of the 2009 ClayMahler lectures (also see here). Yesterday I gave a lecture with the title “faces of the scl norm ball”, and … Continue reading
Posted in Dynamics, Groups, Surfaces
Tagged Bavard duality, free groups, immersions, maximal representation, quasimorphisms, Rigidity, rotation number, scl, Surfaces, Symplectic geometry
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Orderability, and groups of homeomorphisms of the disk
I have struggled for a long time (and I continue to struggle) with the following question: Question: Is the group of selfhomeomorphisms of the unit disk (in the plane) that fix the boundary pointwise a leftorderable group? Recall that a … Continue reading
Posted in Dynamics, Groups
Tagged BurnsHale, distortion, Dynamics, orderable groups, quasimorphisms, Thurston stability theorem
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Big mapping class groups and dynamics
Mapping class groups (also called modular groups) are of central importance in many fields of geometry. If is an oriented surface (i.e. a manifold), the group of orientationpreserving selfhomeomorphisms of is a topological group with the compactopen topology. The mapping … Continue reading
Combable functions
The purpose of this post is to discuss my recent paper with Koji Fujiwara, which will shortly appear in Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems, both for its own sake, and in order to motivate some open questions that I find … Continue reading
Quasimorphisms and laws
A basic reference for the background to this post is my monograph. Let be a group, and let denote the commutator subgroup. Every element of can be expressed as a product of commutators; the commutator length of an element is the … Continue reading