Tuesday, October 2Laurent Bartholdi, Lausanne Swiss Polytechnic Institute of Mathematics
I will define a natural notion of amenability for associative algebras (first considered by Gromov), and explain its relation to amenability of groups.
Let G be a finitely generated group. Call the algebraic growth of G the function computing the rank of successive quotients along the lower central series of G. This function is a lower bound for the usual (word) growth function of G.
I will prove the following result: if G is amenable, then its algebraic growth is subexponential. This answers a question by Vershik, and is a partial converse to the classical statement that groups of subexponential (word) growth are amenable.
As a corollary, all the groups constructed by Golod and Shafarevich are non-amenable. This gives the first examples of non-amenable, residually-finite torsion groups.Back to seminar home page.