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The \( {\Cal K}(\pi ,1) \)-conjecture for the affine braid groups

  • Ruth Charney

    Brandeis University, Waltham, USA
  • David Peifer

    University of North Carolina at Asheville, USA
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The complement of the hyperplane arrangement associated to the (complexified) action of a finite, real reflection group on C^n is known to be a \CalK(π,1){\Cal K}(\pi ,1) space for the corresponding Artin group \CalA\Cal A. A long-standing conjecture states that an analogous statement should hold for infinite reflection groups. In this paper we consider the case of a Euclidean reflection group of type \CalA~n\tilde{\Cal A}_n and its associated Artin group, the affine braid group \CalA~\tilde{\Cal A}. Using the fact that \CalA~\tilde{\Cal A} can be embedded as a subgroup of a finite type Artin group, we prove a number of conjectures about this group. In particular, we construct a finite, nn-dimensional \CalK(π,1){\Cal K}(\pi ,1)-space for \CalA~\tilde{\Cal A}, and use it to prove the \CalK(π,1){\Cal K}(\pi ,1)-conjecture for the associated hyperlane complement. In addition, we show that the affine braid groups are biautomatic and give an explicit biautomatic structure.

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Ruth Charney, David Peifer, The \( {\Cal K}(\pi ,1) \)-conjecture for the affine braid groups. Comment. Math. Helv. 78 (2003), no. 3, pp. 584–600

DOI 10.1007/S00014-003-0764-Y