Classifying spaces for families of subgroups for systolic groups

  • Damian Osajda

    Wroclaw University, Wroclaw, Poland, and Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
  • Tomasz Prytuła

    University of Southampton, UK


We determine the large scale geometry of the minimal displacement set of a hyperbolic isometry of a systolic complex. As a consequence, we describe the centraliser of such an isometry in a systolic group. Using these results, we construct a low-dimensional classifying space for the family of virtually cyclic subgroups of a group acting properly on a systolic complex. Its dimension coincides with the topological dimension of the complex if the latter is at least four. We show that graphical small cancellation complexes are classifying spaces for proper actions and that the groups acting on them properly admitthree-dimensional classifying spaces with virtually cyclic stabilisers. This is achieved by constructing a systolic complex equivariantly homotopy equivalent to a graphical small cancellation complex. On the way we develop a systematic approach to graphical small cancellation complexes. Finally, we construct low-dimensional models for the family of virtually abelian subgroups for systolic, graphical small cancellation, and some CAT(0) groups.

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Damian Osajda, Tomasz Prytuła, Classifying spaces for families of subgroups for systolic groups. Groups Geom. Dyn. 12 (2018), no. 3, pp. 1005–1060

DOI 10.4171/GGD/461