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Title: Boundaries for CAT(0) groups
Author: Iniotakis, Jan-Mark
ISNI:       0000 0001 3586 7008
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2003
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In this thesis we construct a boundary δG for an arbitrary CAT(0) group G. This boundary is compact and invariant under group isomorphisms. It carries a canonical (possibly trivial) G-action by homeomorphisms. For each geometric action of G on a CAT(0) space X there exists a canonical G-equivariant continuous map T : δG → δX. If G is a word-hyperbolic CAT(0) group, its boundary δG coincides with the usual Gromov boundary. If G is free abelian of rank k, its boundary is homeomorphic to the sphere Sk-1. For product groups of the types G X Zk and G x H, where G and H are non-elementary word-hyperbolic CAT(0) groups, the boundary is worked out explicitly. Finally, we prove that the marked length spectrum associated to a geometric action of a torsion-free word-hyperbolic group on a CAT(0) space determines the isometry type of the CAT(0) space up to an additive constant.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst ; Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes ; Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: QA Mathematics