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dc.contributor.authorDay, Matthew
Putman, Andrew
dc.date.accessioned 2013-09-13T15:43:23Z
dc.date.available 2013-09-13T15:43:23Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Day, Matthew and Putman, Andrew. "A Birman exact sequence for Aut(Fn)." Advances in Mathematics, 231, (2012) Elsevier: https://hdl.handle.net/1911/71894.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/71894
dc.description.abstract The Birman exact sequence describes the effect on the mapping class group of a surface with boundary of gluing discs to the boundary components. We construct an analogous exact sequence for the automorphism group of a free group. For the mapping class group, the kernel of the Birman exact sequence is a surface braid group. We prove that in the context of the automorphism group of a free group, the natural kernel is finitely generated. However, it is not finitely presentable; indeed, we prove that its second rational homology group has infinite rank by constructing an explicit infinite collection of linearly independent abelian cycles. We also determine the abelianization of our kernel and build a simple infinite presentation for it. The key to many of our proofs are several new generalizations of the Johnson homomorphisms.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Elsevier
dc.rights This is an author's peer-reviewed final manuscript, as accepted by the publisher. The published article is copyrighted by Elsevier.
dc.title A Birman exact sequence for Aut(Fn)
dc.type Journal article
dc.contributor.funder National Science Foundation
dc.citation.journalTitle Advances in Mathematics
dc.citation.volumeNumber 231
dc.embargo.terms none
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.identifier.grantID DMS-1005318 (National Science Foundation)
dc.type.publication post-print


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