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Published online first: 2021-08-03
DOI: 10.4171/GGD/617

Alternating quotients of right-angled Coxeter groups

Michal Buran[1]

(1) University of Cambridge, UK

Let $W$ be a right-angled Coxeter group corresponding to a finite non-discrete graph $\mathcal{G}$ with at least $3$ vertices. Our main theorem says that $\mathcal{G}^c$ is connected if and only if for any infinite index convex-cocompact subgroup $H$ of $W$ and any finite subset $\{ \gamma_1, \ldots , \gamma_n \} \subset W \setminus H$ there is a surjection $f$ from $W$ to a finite alternating group such that $f (\gamma_i) \notin f (H)$. A corollary is that a right-angled Artin group splits as a direct product of cyclic groups and groups with many alternating quotients in the above sense.

Similarly, finitely generated subgroups of closed, orientable, hyperbolic surface groups can be separated from finitely many elements in an alternating quotient, answering positively the conjecture of Wilton [9].

Keywords: Right-angled Artin groups, right-angled Coxeter groups, surface groups, residual properties

Buran Michal: Alternating quotients of right-angled Coxeter groups. Groups Geom. Dyn. Electronically published on August 3, 2021. doi: 10.4171/GGD/617 (to appear in print)