Commensurated subgroups in tree almost automorphism groups

  • Adrien Le Boudec

    ENS Lyon, France, and Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
  • Phillip Wesolek

    Binghamton University, USA and Wesleyan University, Middletown, USA
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We prove that the almost automorphism groups AAut admit exactly three commensurability classes of closed commensurated subgroups. Our proof utilizes an independently interesting characterization of subgroups of AAut which contain only periodic elements in terms of the dynamics of the action on the boundary of the tree.

Our results further cover several interesting finitely generated subgroups of the almost automorphism groups, including the Thompson groups , and . We show in particular that Thompson’s group has no commensurated subgroups other than the finite subgroups and the entire group. As a consequence, we derive several rigidity results for the possible embeddings of these groups into locally compact groups.

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Adrien Le Boudec, Phillip Wesolek, Commensurated subgroups in tree almost automorphism groups. Groups Geom. Dyn. 13 (2019), no. 1, pp. 1–30

DOI 10.4171/GGD/477