JournalscmhVol. 82 , No. 2DOI 10.4171/cmh/91

A fixed point theorem for deformation spaces of <var>G</var>-trees

  • Matt T. Clay

    Allegheny College, Meadville, United States
A fixed point theorem for deformation spaces of <var>G</var>-trees cover

Abstract

For a finitely generated free group Fn, of rank at least 2, any finite subgroup of Out(Fn) can be realized as a group of automorphisms of a graph with fundamental group Fn. This result, known as Out(Fn) realization, was proved by Zimmermann, Culler and Khramtsov. This theorem is comparable to Nielsen realization as proved by Kerckhoff: for a closed surface with negative Euler characteristic, any finite subgroup of the mapping class group can be realized as a group of isometries of a hyperbolic surface. Both of these theorems have restatements in terms of fixed points of actions on spaces naturally associated to Out(Fn) and the mapping class group respectively. For a nonnegative integer n we define a class of groups (GVP(n)) and prove a similar statement for their outer automorphism groups.