Geometric and Functional Analysis

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 657–689

Twisting Out Fully Irreducible Automorphisms


    • Dept. of MathematicsAllegheny College
  • Alexandra Pettet
    • Dept. of MathematicsUniversity of Michigan

DOI: 10.1007/s00039-010-0072-9

Cite this article as:
Clay, M. & Pettet, A. Geom. Funct. Anal. (2010) 20: 657. doi:10.1007/s00039-010-0072-9


By a theorem of Thurston, in the subgroup of the mapping class group generated by Dehn twists around two curves which fill, every element not conjugate to a power of one of the twists is pseudo-Anosov. We prove an analogue of this theorem for the outer automorphism group of a free group.

Keywords and phrases

Free groupautomorphismDehn twistpseudo-Anosov

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification


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