We give a criterion which ensures that a group generated by Cartan involutions in the automorph group of a rational quadratic form of signature is "thin", namely it is of infinite index in the latter. It is based on a graph defined on the integral Cartan root vectors, as well as Vinberg's theory of hyperbolic reflection groups. The criterion is shown to be robust for showing that many hyperbolic hypergeometric groups for are thin.
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Elena Fuchs, Chen Meiri, Peter Sarnak, Hyperbolic monodromy groups for the hypergeometric equation and Cartan involutions. J. Eur. Math. Soc. 16 (2014), no. 8, pp. 1617–1671DOI 10.4171/JEMS/471