By Ian Chiswell

The idea of R-trees is a well-established and demanding sector of geometric workforce conception and during this publication the authors introduce a building that gives a brand new viewpoint on workforce activities on R-trees. They build a gaggle RF(G), outfitted with an motion on an R-tree, whose components are convinced services from a compact actual period to the crowd G. in addition they learn the constitution of RF(G), together with an in depth description of centralizers of parts and an research of its subgroups and quotients. Any crew appearing freely on an R-tree embeds in RF(G) for a few collection of G. a lot continues to be performed to appreciate RF(G), and the large checklist of open difficulties incorporated in an appendix may perhaps most likely bring about new tools for investigating workforce activities on R-trees, quite unfastened activities. This ebook will curiosity all geometric workforce theorists and version theorists whose learn contains R-trees.

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3 Cancellation theory for RF (G) 23 Proof The equation f = f1 ∗ f2 with L( f1 ) = β and L( f2 ) = α − β is equivalent to the conjunction of f1 (ξ ) = f (ξ ), 0 ≤ ξ < β, f2 (ξ ) = f (ξ + β ), 0 < ξ ≤ α −β, and f1 (β ) f2 (0) = f (β ). Hence f1 and f2 living on the domains speciﬁed above and solving the equation f = f1 ∗ f2 do exist; they are uniquely determined once one of the values f1 (β ), f2 (0) has been speciﬁed, and one of these values can be chosen arbitrarily. 8. 15 (Visibility of cancellation) Let f , g ∈ RF (G) be reduced functions.

Analysing f (gh) in a similar way, we ﬁnd that f (gh) = f (g2 ◦ h1 ) = ( f1 ◦ u)((u−1 ◦ g3 ) ◦ h1 ) = ( f1 ◦ u)(u−1 ◦ (g3 ◦ h1 )) = f1 (g3 ◦ h1 ) = f1 ◦ (g3 ◦ h1 ). 17(ii) plus ε0 ( f1 , g3 ) = ε0 (g3 , h1 ) = 0 in the last step. 18). Case 2: L(u) ≥ L(g2 ). 14 together with the equations g = u−1 ◦ g1 and g = g2 ◦ v to decompose u−1 as u−1 = g2 ◦ u1 , for some u1 ∈ RF (G). Case 2(a): L(u1 ) > 0. 18 (associativity of the circle product), we write −1 −1 −1 f = f 1 ◦ u = f1 ◦ (u−1 1 ◦ g2 ) = ( f 1 ◦ u1 ) ◦ g2 ; in particular, ε0 ( f1 , u−1 1 ) = 0.

We conclude that ( f g)g−1 = gg−1 = 1G = f = f (gg−1 ), which shows that reduced multiplication is indeed not associative on F (G). 3 Cancellation theory for RF (G) Our principal aim for the remainder of this chapter is to show that the restriction of reduced multiplication to the subset RF (G) is associative, so that we have the following. 13 For every group G, the set RF (G) forms a group under reduced multiplication. 13; they will also be needed many times in the rest of this book. 4. 14 (Dissection of reduced functions) Let f : [0, α] → G be a reduced function, and let β be a real number such that 0 ≤ β ≤ α.