Combinatorial models for surface and free group symmetries.

Dissertation Defense
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 10:00
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 005
Georgia Tech
The curve complex of Harvey allows combinatorial representation of a surface mappingclass group by describing its action on simple closed curves. Similar complexes of spheres,free factors, and free splittings allow combinatorial representation of the automorphisms ofa free group. We consider a Birman exact sequence for combinatorial models of mappingclass groups and free group automorphisms. We apply this and other extension techniquesto compute the automorphism groups of several simplicial complexes associated with map-ping class groups and automorphisms of free groups.