Free profinite subgroups and Galois representations

Wed, 06/05/2015 - 11:15
The talk is going to be about the work carried out as part of my MSc thesis.
Motivated by recent arithmetic results, we will consider new and improved
results on the freeness of subgroups of free profinite groups:
1.The Intermediate Subgroup Theorem - A subgroup (of infinite index) in a
nonabelian finitely generated free profinite group, is contained in a free profinite group of infinite rank.
2. The Verbal Subgroup Theorem - A subgroup containing the normal closure of a (finite) word in the elements of a basis for a free profinite group, is free profinite.
These results shed light on several theorems in Field Arithmetic and may be 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 generalization of a result of Bary-Soroker, Fehm, and Wiese on the profinite freeness of subgroups arising from Galois representations.