Geometry & Topology

Automatic continuity for homeomorphism groups and applications

Kathryn Mann

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Abstract

Let M be a compact manifold, possibly with boundary. We show that the group of homeomorphisms of M has the automatic continuity property: any homomorphism from Homeo(M) to any separable group is necessarily continuous. This answers a question of C Rosendal. If N M is a submanifold, the group of homeomorphisms of M that preserve N also has this property.

Various applications of automatic continuity are discussed, including applications to the topology and structure of groups of germs of homeomorphisms. In an appendix with Frédéric Le Roux we also show, using related techniques, that the group of germs at a point of homeomorphisms of n is strongly uniformly simple.

Article information

Source
Geom. Topol., Volume 20, Number 5 (2016), 3033-3056.

Dates
Received: 18 August 2015
Revised: 3 February 2016
Accepted: 12 March 2016
First available in Project Euclid: 16 November 2017

Permanent link to this document
https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.gt/1510859050

Digital Object Identifier
doi:10.2140/gt.2016.20.3033

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR3556355

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
1362.57044

Subjects
Primary: 54H15: Transformation groups and semigroups [See also 20M20, 22-XX, 57Sxx] 57S05: Topological properties of groups of homeomorphisms or diffeomorphisms
Secondary: 03E15: Descriptive set theory [See also 28A05, 54H05]

Keywords
homeomorphism groups automatic continuity germs of homeomorphisms

Citation

Mann, Kathryn. Automatic continuity for homeomorphism groups and applications. Geom. Topol. 20 (2016), no. 5, 3033--3056. doi:10.2140/gt.2016.20.3033. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.gt/1510859050


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