Free subgroups of finitely generated free profinite groups

Mark Shusterman*

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We give new and improved results on the freeness of subgroups of free profinite groups: A subgroup containing the normal closure of a finite word in the elements of a basis is free; every infinite-index subgroup of a finitely generated nonabelian free profinite group is contained in an infinitely generated free profinite subgroup. These results are combined with the twisted wreath product approach of Haran, an observation on the action of compact groups, and a rank counting argument to prove a conjecture of Bary-Soroker, Fehm, and Wiese, thus providing a quite general sufficient condition for subgroups to be free profinite. As a result of our work, we are able to address a conjecture of Jarden on the Hilbertianity of fields generated by torsion points of abelian varieties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-378
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of the London Mathematical Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2016


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