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Volume 6, Issue 1, 2012, pp. 97–123
DOI: 10.4171/GGD/152

Published online: 2012-02-08

Pattern rigidity in hyperbolic spaces: duality and PD subgroups

Kingshook Biswas[1] and Mahan Mj[2]

(1) RKM Vivekananda University, Dist. Howrah, West Bengal, India
(2) Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India

For $i= 1,2$, let $G_i$ be cocompact groups of isometries of hyperbolic space $\mathbf{H}^n$ of real dimension $n$, $n \geq 3$. Let $H_i \subset G_i$ be infinite index quasiconvex subgroups satisfying one of the following conditions:

  1. The limit set of $H_i$ is a codimension one topological sphere.
  2. The limit set of $H_i$ is an even dimensional topological sphere.
  3. $H_i$ is a codimension one duality group. This generalizes (1). In particular, if $n = 3$, $H_i$ could be any freely indecomposable subgroup of $G_i$.
  4. $H_i$ is an odd-dimensional Poincaré duality group PD$(2k+1)$. This generalizes (2).

We prove pattern rigidity for such pairs extending work of Schwartz who proved pattern rigidity when $H_i$ is cyclic. All this generalizes to quasiconvex subgroups of uniform lattices in rank one symmetric spaces satisfying one of the conditions (1)–(4), as well as certain special subgroups with disconnected limit sets. In particular, pattern rigidity holds for all quasiconvex subgroups of hyperbolic 3-manifolds that are not virtually free. Combining this with results of Mosher, Sageev, and Whyte, we obtain quasi-isometric rigidity results for graphs of groups where the vertex groups are uniform lattices in rank one symmetric spaces and the edge groups are of any of the above types.

Keywords: Quasi-isometric rigidity, pattern rigidity, homology manifold, quasiconformal map

Biswas Kingshook, Mj Mahan: Pattern rigidity in hyperbolic spaces: duality and PD subgroups. Groups Geom. Dyn. 6 (2012), 97-123. doi: 10.4171/GGD/152