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2008.51: Free centre-by-nilpotent-by-abelian groups

2008.51: Marianne Johnson and Ralph Stöhr (2009) Free centre-by-nilpotent-by-abelian groups. Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society, 41 (5). pp. 795-803. ISSN 0024-6093

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DOI: 10.1112/blms/bdp041


We prove that the free centre-by-(nilpotent-of-class-$(c-1)$)-by-abelian groups $F/[\gamma_c(F'),F]$ are torsion-free for $c=6$. This is in startling contrast to the cases when $c$ is a prime and when $c=4$, where these relatively free groups do contain non-trivial elements of finite order.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:free central extensions, torsion, homology, modular Lie powers
Subjects:MSC 2000 > 20 Group theory and generalizations
MIMS number:2008.51
Deposited By:Prof Ralph Stöhr
Deposited On:28 October 2009

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