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Kähler groups and subdirect products of surface groups

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Llosa Isenrich,  Claudio
Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, Max Planck Society;

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Llosa Isenrich, C. (2020). Kähler groups and subdirect products of surface groups. Geometry and Topology, 24(2), 917-1017. doi:10.2140/gt.2020.24.971.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0007-566B-1
Abstract
We present a construction that produces infinite classes of K\"ahler groups that arise as fundamental groups of fibres of maps to higher dimensional tori. Following the work of Delzant and Gromov, there is great interest in knowing which subgroups of direct products of surface groups are K\"ahler. We apply our construction to obtain new classes of irreducible, coabelian K\"ahler subgroups of direct products of $r$ surface groups. These cover the full range of possible finiteness properties of irreducible subgroups of direct products of $r$ surface groups: For any $r\geq 3$ and $2\leq k \leq r-1$, our classes of subgroups contain K\"ahler groups that have a classifying space with finite $k$-skeleton while not having a classifying space with finitely many $(k+1)$-cells. We also address the converse question of finding constraints on K\"ahler subdirect products of surface groups and, more generally, on homomorphisms from K\"ahler groups to direct products of surface groups. We show that if a K\"ahler subdirect product of $r$ surface groups admits a classifying space with finite $k$-skeleton for $k>\frac{r}{2}$, then it is virtually the kernel of an epimorphism from a direct product of surface groups onto a free abelian group of even rank.