Canad. Math. Bull. 56(2013), 395-399
Printed: Jun 2013
An epimorphism $\phi\colon G\to H$ of groups, where $G$ has rank $n$, is called
coessential if every (ordered) generating $n$-tuple of $H$ can be
lifted along $\phi$ to a generating $n$-tuple for $G$. We discuss this
property in the context of the category of groups, and establish a criterion
for such a group $G$ to have the property that its abelianization
epimorphism $G\to G/[G,G]$, where $[G,G]$ is the commutator subgroup, is
coessential. We give an example of a family of 2-generator groups whose
abelianization epimorphism is not coessential.
This family also provides counterexamples to the generalized Andrews--Curtis conjecture.
coessential epimorphism, Nielsen transformations, Andrew-Curtis transformations
20F05 - Generators, relations, and presentations
20F99 - None of the above, but in this section
20J15 - Category of groups