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Volume 2, Issue 1, 2008, pp. 121–138
DOI: 10.4171/GGD/33

Published online: 2008-03-31

Morita classes in the homology of Aut(Fn) vanish after one stabilization

James Conant[1] and Karen Vogtmann[2]

(1) University of Tennessee, Knoxville, United States
(2) University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom

There is a series of cycles in the rational homology of the groups Out(Fn), first discovered by S. Morita, which have an elementary description in terms of finite graphs. The first two of these give nontrivial homology classes, and it is conjectured that they are all nontrivial. These cycles have natural lifts to the homology of Aut(Fn), which is stably trivial by a recent result of Galatius. We show that in fact a single application of the stabilization map Aut(Fn) → Aut(Fn + 1) kills the Morita classes, so that they disappear immediately after they appear.

Keywords: Automorphism groups of free groups, Morita classes

Conant James, Vogtmann Karen: Morita classes in the homology of Aut(Fn) vanish after one stabilization. Groups Geom. Dyn. 2 (2008), 121-138. doi: 10.4171/GGD/33