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1266. Arpan Kabiraj, T. V. H. Prathamesh, Rishi Vyas
Elementary equivalence in Artin groups of finite type and mapping class groups of closed surfaces
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Submission date: 26 July 2017

Abstract:

Irreducible Artin groups of finite type can be parametrized via their associated Coxeter diagrams into six sporadic examples and four infinite families, each of which is further parametrized by the natural numbers. Within each of these four infinite families, we investigate the relationship between elementary equivalence and isomorphism. For three out of the four families, we show that two groups in the same family are equivalent if and only if they are isomorphic; a positive, but weaker, result is also attained for the fourth family. In particular, we show that two braid groups are elementarily equivalent if and only if they are isomorphic. As a consequence of our work, we prove that there are infinitely many elementary equivalence classes of irreducible Artin groups of finite type. We also show that mapping class groups of closed surfaces - a geometric analogue of braid groups - are elementarily equivalent if and only if they are isomorphic.

Mathematics Subject Classification: 20F10, 20F36 (Primary) 03C07, 20F65 (Secondary)

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Full text arXiv 1707.08353: pdf, ps.


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