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Volume 87, Issue 2, 2012, pp. 385–407
DOI: 10.4171/CMH/257

Published online: 2012-04-17

Current twisting and nonsingular matrices

Matt T. Clay[1] and Alexandra Pettet[2]

(1) Allegheny College, Meadville, United States
(2) University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

We show that for $k \geq 3$, given any matrix in GL($k,\mathbb{Z}$), there is a hyperbolic fully irreducible automorphism of the free group of rank $k$ whose induced action on $\mathbb{Z}^k$ is the given matrix.

Keywords: Free groups, automorphisms, Dehn twists

Clay Matt, Pettet Alexandra: Current twisting and nonsingular matrices. Comment. Math. Helv. 87 (2012), 385-407. doi: 10.4171/CMH/257