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Minimal F{\o}lner foliations are amenable

Authors
  • Cuesta, Fernando Alcalde
  • Rechtman, Ana
Type
Preprint
Publication Date
Jul 06, 2011
Submission Date
Jan 15, 2010
Source
arXiv
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Abstract

For finitely generated groups, amenability and F{\o}lner properties are equivalent. However, contrary to a widespread idea, Kaimanovich showed that F{\o}lner condition does not imply amenability for discrete measured equivalence relations. In this paper, we exhibit two examples of $C^\infty$ foliations of closed manifolds that are F{\o}lner and non amenable with respect to a finite transverse invariant measure and a transverse invariant volume, respectively. We also prove the equivalence between the two notions when the foliation is minimal, that is all the leaves are dense, giving a positive answer to a question of Kaimanovich. The equivalence is stated with respect to transverse invarian measures or some tangentially smooth measures. The latter include harmonic measures, and in this case the F{\o}lner condition has to be replaced by $\eta$-F{\o}lner (where the usual volume is modified by the modular form $\eta$ of the measure).

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