Generalized conjugacy problem for virtually free groups

Pedro V. Silva (University of Porto)

Monday 26th January, 2009 16:10-17:10 Mathematics Building, room 214


Moldavanskii proved in 1969 that, given finitely generated subgroups $H_1,\ldots, H_n$, \linebreak $K_1,\ldots, K_n$ of a free group $F$, it is decidable whether or not there exists some $x \in F$ such that $xH_ix^{-1} = K_i$ for $i = 1,\ldots, n$. As a consequence from the results of Diekert, Guti\'errez and Hagenah (2005) the above problem remains decidable with constraints of type $x \in L$, where $L$ denotes an arbitrary rational subset of $F$. Making use of automata combinatorics and the dynamical study of the continuous extensions of automorphisms to the boundary of the free group, we can compute the solution set of the equation $x^{-1}\varphi(x) \in L$ for $L \subseteq F$ rational and $\varphi \in \mbox{Aut} F$ virtually inner. One of the consequences is the generalization of Moldavanskii's Theorem to virtually free groups, and with constraints that go beyond context-free languages. These results were obtained in collaboration with Manuel Ladra (University of Santiago de Compostela).

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