Automata and square complexes Academic Article uri icon


  • Abstract We introduce a new geometric tool for analyzing groups of finite automata. To each finite automaton we associate a square complex. The square complex is covered by a product of two trees iff the automaton is bi-reversible. Using this method we give examples of free groups and of Kazhdan groups which are generated by the different states of one finite (bi-reversible) automaton. We also reprove the theorem of Macedońska, Nekrashevych, Sushchansky, on the connection between bi-reversible automata and the commensurator of a regular tree.

publication date

  • January 1, 2005