Peripheral splittings of groups
Bowditch, B.H. (1997) Peripheral splittings of groups. Transactions of the American Mathematical Society, 353, 40574082.
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We define the notion of a ``peripheral splitting'' of a group. This is essentially a representation of the group as the fundamental group of a bipartite graph of groups, where all the vertex groups of one colour are held fixed  the ``peripheral subgroups''. We develop the theory of such splittings and prove an accessibility result. The main application is to relatively hyperbolic groups with connected boundary, where the peripheral subgroups are precisely the maximal parabolic subgroups. We show that if such a group admits a nontrivial peripheral splitting, then its boundary has a global cut point. Morever, the nonperipheral vertex groups of such a splitting are themselves relatively hyperbolic. These results, together with results from elsewhere, show that under modest constraints on the peripheral subgroups, the boundary of relatively hyperbolic group is locally connected if it is connected. In retrospect, one further deduces that the set of global cut points in such a boundary has a simplicial treelike structure.
Item Type:  Article  

ISSNs:  00029947 (print) 

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Subjects:  Q Science > QA Mathematics  
Divisions :  University Structure  Pre August 2011 > School of Mathematics > Pure Mathematics 

ePrint ID:  29770  
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Date Deposited:  21 Dec 2006  
Last Modified:  31 Mar 2016 11:55  
URI:  http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/29770 
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