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Morita classes in the homology of Aut(<var>F</var><sub><var>n</var></sub>) vanish after one stabilization

  • James Conant

    University of Tennessee, Knoxville, United States
  • Karen Vogtmann

    University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom
Morita classes in the homology of Aut(<var>F</var><sub><var>n</var></sub>) vanish after one stabilization cover
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Abstract

There is a series of cycles in the rational homology of the groups Out(Fn), first discovered by S. Morita, which have an elementary description in terms of finite graphs. The first two of these give nontrivial homology classes, and it is conjectured that they are all nontrivial. These cycles have natural lifts to the homology of Aut(Fn), which is stably trivial by a recent result of Galatius. We show that in fact a single application of the stabilization map Aut(Fn) → Aut(Fn + 1) kills the Morita classes, so that they disappear immediately after they appear.

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James Conant, Karen Vogtmann, Morita classes in the homology of Aut(<var>F</var><sub><var>n</var></sub>) vanish after one stabilization. Groups Geom. Dyn. 2 (2008), no. 1, pp. 121–138

DOI 10.4171/GGD/33