Let be a compact orientable surface of finite type with at least one boundary component. Let be a non virtually solvable subgroup. We answer a question of Lubotzky by showing that there exists a finite dimensional homological representation of such that is not virtually solvable. We then apply results of Lubotzky and Meiri to show that for any random walk on such a group the probability of landing on a power, or on an element with topological entropy 0 both decrease exponentially in the length of the walk.
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Asaf Hadari, Non virtually solvable subgroups of mapping class groups have non virtually solvable representations. Groups Geom. Dyn. 14 (2020), no. 4, pp. 1333–1350DOI 10.4171/GGD/583