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Volume 3, Issue 1, 2009, pp. 173–198
DOI: 10.4171/GGD/53

Published online: 2009-03-31

Visual decompositions of Coxeter groups

Michael Mihalik[1] and Steven Tschantz[2]

(1) Vanderbilt University, Nashville, United States
(2) Vanderbilt University, Nashville, United States

A Coxeter system is an ordered pair (W,S) where S is the generating set in a particular type of presentation for the Coxeter group W. A subgroup of W is called special if it is generated by a subset of S. Amalgamated product decompositions of a Coxeter group having special factors and special amalgamated subgroup are easily recognized from the presentation of the Coxeter group. If a Coxeter group is a subgroup of the fundamental group of a given graph of groups, then the Coxeter group is also the fundamental group of a graph of special subgroups, where each vertex and edge group is a subgroup of a conjugate of a vertex or edge group of the given graph of groups. A vertex group of an arbitrary graph of groups decomposition of a Coxeter group is shown to split into parts conjugate to special groups and parts that are subgroups of edge groups of the given decomposition. Several applications of the main theorem are produced, including the classification of maximal FA subgroups of a finitely generated Coxeter group as all conjugates of certain special subgroups.

Keywords: Coxeter group, group actions on trees, graph of group decompositions, FA groups, accessibility of groups

Mihalik Michael, Tschantz Steven: Visual decompositions of Coxeter groups. Groups Geom. Dyn. 3 (2009), 173-198. doi: 10.4171/GGD/53