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Actions of the Braid Group, and New Algebraic Proofs of Results of Dehornoy and Larue

Actions of the Braid Group, and New Algebraic Proofs of Results of Dehornoy and Larue This article surveys many standard results about the braid group, with emphasis on simplifying the usual algebraic proofs. We use van der Waerden's trick to illuminate the Artin-Magnus proof of the classic presentation of the braid group considered as the algebraic mapping-class group of a disc with punctures. We give a simple, new proof of the σ 1 -trichotomy for the braid group, and, hence, recover the Dehornoy right-ordering of the braid group. We give three proofs of the Birman-Hilden theorem concerning the fidelity of braid-group actions on free products of finite cyclic groups, and discuss the consequences derived by Perron-Vannier and the connections with Artin groups and the Wada representations. The first, very direct, proof, is due to Crisp-Paris and uses the σ 1 -trichotomy and the Larue-Shpilrain technique. The second proof arises by studying ends of free groups, and gives interesting extra information. The third proof arises from Larue's study of polygonal curves in discs with punctures, and gives extremely detailed information. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Groups - Complexity - Cryptology de Gruyter

Actions of the Braid Group, and New Algebraic Proofs of Results of Dehornoy and Larue

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de Gruyter
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© Heldermann Verlag
ISSN
1867-1144
eISSN
1869-6104
DOI
10.1515/GCC.2009.77
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Abstract

This article surveys many standard results about the braid group, with emphasis on simplifying the usual algebraic proofs. We use van der Waerden's trick to illuminate the Artin-Magnus proof of the classic presentation of the braid group considered as the algebraic mapping-class group of a disc with punctures. We give a simple, new proof of the σ 1 -trichotomy for the braid group, and, hence, recover the Dehornoy right-ordering of the braid group. We give three proofs of the Birman-Hilden theorem concerning the fidelity of braid-group actions on free products of finite cyclic groups, and discuss the consequences derived by Perron-Vannier and the connections with Artin groups and the Wada representations. The first, very direct, proof, is due to Crisp-Paris and uses the σ 1 -trichotomy and the Larue-Shpilrain technique. The second proof arises by studying ends of free groups, and gives interesting extra information. The third proof arises from Larue's study of polygonal curves in discs with punctures, and gives extremely detailed information.

Journal

Groups - Complexity - Cryptologyde Gruyter

Published: Apr 1, 2009

Keywords: Braid group; automorphisms of free groups; presentation; ordering; ends of groups

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