The automorphism group of a minimal shift of stretched exponential growth

Van Cyr, Bryna Kra

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Abstract

The group of automorphisms of a symbolic dynamical system is countable, but often very large. For example, for a mixing subshift of finite type, the automorphism group contains isomorphic copies of the free group on two generators and the direct sum of countably many copies of ℤ. In contrast, the group of automorphisms of a symbolic system of zero entropy seems to be highly constrained. Our main result is that the automorphism group of any minimal subshift of stretched exponential growth with exponent < 1/2, is amenable (as a countable discrete group). For shifts of polynomial growth, we further show that any finitely generated, torsion free subgroup of Aut(X) is virtually nilpotent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)483-495
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Modern Dynamics
Volume10
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Amenable
  • Automorphism
  • Block complexity
  • Subshift
  • Zero entropy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analysis
  • Algebra and Number Theory
  • Applied Mathematics

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