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JSJ Decompositions

Edited by org.aimpl.user:bestvina@math.utah.edu, org.aimpl.user:rscott@schubert.scu.edu, org.aimpl.user:Panagiotis.Papazoglou@maths.ox.ac.uk, and org.aimpl.user:morrison@aimath.org

Splitting theory of groups parallels decomposition theorems in 3-manifold theory. Kneser’s theorem has its analog in Grushko’s theorem, Haken finiteness and hierarchies gave rise to accessibility and strong accessibility in group theory while JSJ decompositions of 3-manifolds were shown recently to extend to group theory too. One should stress that these "generalizations" from 3-manifolds to groups were by no means routine and a lot of questions remain open today. The structure theory that one obtains for groups is often much more general that the 3-manifold theory and it had many striking applications (isomorphism problem for hyperbolic groups, Tarski problems etc). We refer to [MR1469317] and [MR1664694] for the basic definitions.


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