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Courbure négative et courbure négative ou nulle en théorie des groupes — Aspects of Non-Positive and Negative Curvature in Group Theory

17th June 2019   -   21st June 2019
CIRM Luminy, France


This conference will focus on applications of non-positive and negative curvature to geometric group theory. The most well known examples of this are δ-hyperbolic and CAT(0)-groups. More recently, some of the techniques that have been used to study these groups have been imported to study groups that have some features of negative curvature but aren’t themselves negatively curved. For example, the mapping class group is neither δ-hyperbolic nor CAT(0) but major progress has been obtained in on our understanding of this group by studying its action on the δ-hyperbolic curve complex. A related group is Out(Fn), the group of automorphisms of the rank n free group and similar program is underway to understand it. More generally, large classes of groups have been identified that have certain features of negative curvature and this has been exploited to prove results which were heretofore only known in special cases.