JournalsggdVol. 12, No. 2pp. 637–677

Fundamental groups of aspherical manifolds and maps of non-zero degree

  • Christoforos Neofytidis

    SUNY Binghamton, USA
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Abstract

We define a new class of irreducible groups, called groups not infinite-indexpresentable by products or not IIPP. We prove that certain aspherical manifolds with fundamental groups not IIPP do not admit maps of non-zero degree from direct products. This extends previous results of Kotschick and Löh, providing new classes of aspherical manifolds – beyond those non-positively curved ones which were predicted by Gromov – that do not admit maps of non-zero degree from direct products.

A sample application is that an aspherical geometric 4-manifold admits a map of non-zero degree from a direct product if and only if it is a virtual product itself. This completes a characterization of the product geometries due to Hillman. Along the way we prove that for certain groups the property IIPP is a criterion for reducibility. This especially implies the vanishing of the simplicial volume of the corresponding aspherical manifolds. It is shown that aspherical manifolds with reducible fundamental groups do always admit maps of non-zero degree from direct products.

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Christoforos Neofytidis, Fundamental groups of aspherical manifolds and maps of non-zero degree. Groups Geom. Dyn. 12 (2018), no. 2, pp. 637–677

DOI 10.4171/GGD/451