Cone types and geodesic languages for lamplighter groups and Thompson's group F

Sean Cleary, Murray Elder, Jennifer Taback
2006 Journal of Algebra  
We study languages of geodesics in lamplighter groups and Thompson's group F. We show that the lamplighter groups L_n have infinitely many cone types, have no regular geodesic languages, and have 1-counter, context-free and counter geodesic languages with respect to certain generating sets. We show that the full language of geodesics with respect to one generating set for the lamplighter group is not counter but is context-free, while with respect to another generating set the full language of
more » ... eodesics is counter and context-free. In Thompson's group F with respect to the standard finite generating set, we show there are infinitely many cone types and no regular language of geodesics with respect to the standard finite generating set. We show that the existence of families of "seesaw" elements with respect to a given generating set in a finitely generated infinite group precludes a regular language of geodesics and guarantees infinitely many cone types with respect to that generating set.
doi:10.1016/j.jalgebra.2005.11.016 fatcat:ujmtwxghord3ngj5svqtxx4ebq