The conjugacy problem for Dehn twist automorphisms of free groups
M. LustigRuhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
M. M. CohenCornell University, Ithaca, USA
A Dehn twist automorphism of a group G is an automorphism which can be given (as specified below) in terms of a graph-of-groups decomposition of G with infinite cyclic edge groups. The classic example is that of an automorphism of the fundamental group of a surface which is induced by a Dehn twist homeomorphism of the surface. For , a non-abelian free group of finite rank n, a normal form for Dehn twist is developed, and it is shown that this can be used to solve the conjugacy problem for Dehn twist automorphisms of .
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M. Lustig, M. M. Cohen, The conjugacy problem for Dehn twist automorphisms of free groups. Comment. Math. Helv. 74 (1999), no. 2, pp. 179–200DOI 10.1007/S000140050085