Groups, Geometry, and Dynamics
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Published online: 2011-01-19
The action of a nilpotent group on its horofunction boundary has finite orbitsCormac Walsh (1) Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France
We study the action of a nilpotent group $G$ with finite generating set $S$ on its horofunction boundary. We show that there is one finite orbit associated to each facet of the polytope obtained by projecting $S$ into the torsion-free component of the abelianisation of $G$. We also prove that these are the only finite orbits of Busemann points. To finish off, we examine in detail the Heisenberg group with its usual generators.
Keywords: Group action, horoball, max-plus algebra, metric boundary, Busemann function
Walsh Cormac: The action of a nilpotent group on its horofunction boundary has finite orbits. Groups Geom. Dyn. 5 (2011), 189-206. doi: 10.4171/GGD/122