Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Department Colloquium


Camille Horbez (CNRS-Universite Paris Sud)

Friday, October 19th, 2018

Time: 2:30 p.m.  Place: Jeffery Hall 234

Speaker: Camille Horbez (CNRS – Universite Paris Sud)

Title: Mostow-type rigidity and normal subgroups of automorphisms of free groups.

Abstract: The talk is based on a recent joint work with Richard D. Wade. Let Out(Fn) be the outer automorphism group of a finitely generated free group. In 2007, Farb and Handel proved that when n is at least 4, every isomorphism between two finite-index subgroups of Out(Fn) extends to an inner automorphism of Out(Fn). This rigidity statement, asserting that Out(Fn) has no more symmetries than the obvious ones, can be viewed as an analogue of the Mostow rigidity theorem for lattices in Lie groups, or of a result of Ivanov for mapping class groups of surfaces. We recently gave a new proof of Farb and Handel's theorem, which enabled us to also understand the symmetries of some natural normal subgroups of Out(Fn). In my talk, I will emphasize the analogies between Out(Fn), arithmetic groups and mapping class groups, and will present some general ideas behind these rigidity phenomena.

Camille Horbez obtained his Ph.D in at the Universite de Rennes in 2014, and after a year at the University of Utah, he became a Charge de Recherches for the CNRS at the Universite de Paris Sud (Orsay). In 2017, Camille was selected to give a Cours Peccot, a semester long course given at the College de France by a mathematician less than 30 year old.