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A notion of geometric complexity and its application to topological rigidity

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We introduce a geometric invariant, called finite decomposition complexity (FDC), to study topological rigidity of manifolds. We prove for instance that if the fundamental group of a compact aspherical manifold M has FDC, and if N is homotopy equivalent to M, then M x R^n is homeomorphic to N x R^n, for n large enough. This statement is known as the stable Borel conjecture. On the other hand, we show that the class of FDC groups includes all countable subgroups of GL(n,K), for any field K, all elementary amenable groups, and is closed under taking subgroups, extensions, free amalgamated products, HNN extensions, and direct unions.

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