Published online by Cambridge University Press: 20 January 2009
Let S be a free semigroup (on any set of generators). When S is given the discrete topology, its Stone-Čech compactification has a natural semigroup structure. We give two results about elements p of finite order in βS. The first is that any continuous homomorphism of βS into any compact group must send p to the identity. The second shows that natural extensions, to elements of finite order, of relationships between idempotents and sequences with distinct finite sums, do not hold.