The structure of limit groups over hyperbolic groups

25 Jul 2017

fundamental case in which Γ is free, may not be finitely presentable or geometrically tractable. We define model Γ-limit groups, which always have good geometric properties (in particular, they are always relatively hyperbolic). Given a strict resolution of an arbitrary Γ-limit group L, we canonically construct a strict resolution of a model Γ-limit group, which encodes all homomorphisms L → Γ that factor through the given resolution. We propose this as the correct framework in which to study Γ-limit groups algorithmically. We enumerate all Γ-limit groups in this framework.