Generalized Baumslag–Solitar groups: rank and finite index subgroups
Annales de l'Institut Fourier, Volume 65 (2015) no. 2, pp. 725-762.

A generalized Baumslag–Solitar (GBS) group is a finitely generated group acting on a tree with infinite cyclic edge and vertex stabilizers. We show how to determine effectively the rank (minimal cardinality of a generating set) of a GBS group; as a consequence, one can compute the rank of the mapping torus of a finite order outer automorphism of a free group F n . We also show that the rank of a finite index subgroup of a GBS group G cannot be smaller than the rank of G. We determine which GBS groups are large (some finite index subgroup maps onto F 2 ), and we solve the commensurability problem (deciding whether two groups have isomorphic finite index subgroups) in a particular family of GBS groups.

Un groupe de Baumslag–Solitar généralisé (groupe GBS) est un groupe de type fini agissant sur un arbre avec stabilisateurs de sommets et d’arêtes infinis cycliques. Nous déterminons explicitement le rang (nombre minimal de générateurs) d’un groupe GBS, et en déduisons le rang de la suspension d’un automorphisme d’ordre fini d’un groupe libre F n . Nous montrons aussi que le rang ne peut pas diminuer quand on passe à un sous-groupe d’indice fini d’un groupe GBS. Nous déterminons quels groupes GBS sont larges (un sous-groupe d’indice fini se surjecte sur F 2 ), et nous résolvons le problème de commensurabilité (décider si deux groupes ont des sous-groupes d’indice fini isomorphes) dans une certaine famille de groupes GBS.

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DOI: 10.5802/aif.2943
Classification: 20E06,  20E08,  20F05,  20F65
Keywords: Group, Baumslag–Solitar, rank, finite index
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Levitt, Gilbert. Generalized Baumslag–Solitar groups: rank and finite index subgroups. Annales de l'Institut Fourier, Volume 65 (2015) no. 2, pp. 725-762. doi : 10.5802/aif.2943. https://aif.centre-mersenne.org/articles/10.5802/aif.2943/

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