On sequences of finitely generated discrete groups
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On sequences of finitely generated discrete groups

  • Author(s): Kapovich, Michael
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We consider sequences of finitely generated discrete subgroups Gamma_i=rho_i(Gamma) of a rank 1 Lie group G, where the representations rho_i are not necessarily faithful. We show that, for algebraically convergent sequences (Gamma_i), unless Gamma_i's are (eventually) elementary or contain normal finite subgroups of arbitrarily high order, their algebraic limit is a discrete nonelementary subgroup of G. In the case of divergent sequences (Gamma_i) we show that the limiting action on a real tree T satisfies certain semistability condition, which generalizes the notion of stability introduced by Rips. We then verify that the group Gamma splits as an amalgam or HNN extension of finitely generated groups, so that the edge group has an amenable image in the isometry group of T.

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