Cockcroft properties of Thompson's group

W. A. Bogley, N. D. Gilbert, James Howie

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In a study of the word problem for groups, R. J. Thompson considered a certain group F of self-homeomorphisms of the Cantor set and showed, among other things, that F is finitely presented. Using results of K. S. Brown and R. Geoghegan, M. N. Dyer showed that F is the fundamental group of a finite two-complex Z2 having Euler characteristic one and which is Cockcroft, in the sense that each map of the two-sphere into Z2 is homologically trivial. We show that no proper covering complex of Z2 is Cockcroft. A general result on Cockcroft properties implies that no proper regular covering complex of any finite two-complex with fundamental group F is Cockcroft.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-281
Number of pages14
JournalCanadian Mathematical Bulletin
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2000


  • Cockcroft two-complex
  • Covering space
  • Thompson's group
  • Two-complex


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