Nondistortedsubgroups of $Out(F_n)$, via Lipschitz retraction in spaces of trees (joint work with M. Handel)

Nondistortedsubgroups of $Out(F_n)$, via Lipschitz retraction in spaces of trees (joint work with M. Handel)

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Lee Mosher, Rutgers University
Fine Hall 314

We prove that various subgroups of $Out(F_n)$ — the outer automorphism group of a free group of rank $n$ — such as the stabilizer of the conjugacy class of a rank $n-1$ free factor, are undistorted in $Out(F_n)$. The method of proof is to show that these subgroups are Lipschitz retracts of the ambient group, in fact we construct these retractions in appropriate spaces of trees on which $F_n$ acts.