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716. James Belk and Collin Bleak
Some undecidability results for asynchronous transducers and the Brin-Thompson group 2V

Submission date: 5 May 2014.


Using a result of Kari and Ollinger, we prove that the torsion problem for elements of the Brin-Thompson group 2V is undecidable. As a result, we show that there does not exist an algorithm to determine whether an element of the rational group R of Grigorchuk, Nekrashevich, and Sushchanskii has finite order. A modification of the construction gives other undecidability results about the dynamics of the action of elements of 2V on Cantor Space. Arzhantseva, Lafont, and Minasyanin prove in 2012 that there exists a finitely presented group with solvable word problem and unsolvable torsion problem. To our knowledge, 2V furnishes the first concrete example of such a group, and gives an example of a direct undecidability result in the extended family of R. Thompson type groups.

Mathematics Subject Classification: 20F10 (Primary) 68Q45, 37B99, 03B25 (Secondary)

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Full text arXiv 1405.0982: pdf, ps.

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