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On growth of homology torsion in amenable groups

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 July 2016

ADITI KAR
Affiliation:
University of Southampton e-mails: a.kar@soton.ac.uk; p.h.kropholler@soton.ac.uk
PETER KROPHOLLER
Affiliation:
University of Southampton e-mails: a.kar@soton.ac.uk; p.h.kropholler@soton.ac.uk
NIKOLAY NIKOLOV
Affiliation:
University of Oxford e-mail: nikolov@maths.ox.ac.uk

Abstract

Suppose an amenable group G is acting freely on a simply connected simplicial complex $\~{X}$ with compact quotient X. Fix n ≥ 1, assume $H_n(\~{X}, \mathbb{Z}) = 0$ and let (Hi ) be a Farber chain in G. We prove that the torsion of the integral homology in dimension n of $\~{X}/H_i$ grows subexponentially in [G : Hi ]. This fails if X is not compact. We provide the first examples of amenable groups for which torsion in homology grows faster than any given function. These examples include some solvable groups of derived length 3 which is the minimal possible.

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