On minimal actions of Polish groups

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We show the existence of an infinite monothetic Polish topological group G with the fixed point on compacta property. Such a group provides a positive answer to a question of Mitchell who asked whether such groups exist, and a negative answer to a problem of R. Ellis on the isomorphism of L(G), the universal point transitive G-system (for discrete G this is the same as βG the Stone-Čech compactification of G) and E(M, G), the enveloping semigroup of the universal minimal G-system (M, G). For G with the fixed point on compacta property M is trivial while L(G) is not. Our next result is that even for ℤ with the discrete topology, L(ℤ) = βℤ is not isomorphic to E(M, ℤ). Finally we show that the existence of a minimally almost periodic monothetic Polish topological group which does not have the fixed point property will provide a negative answer to an old problem in combinatorial number theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-125
Number of pages7
JournalTopology and its Applications
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - 1998


  • Fixed point property
  • Minimal actions
  • Stone-čech compactification


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