Geometriae Dedicata

, Volume 180, Issue 1, pp 49–68 | Cite as

Coarse median structures and homomorphisms from Kazhdan groups

  • Rudolf Zeidler
Original Paper


We study Bowditch’s notion of a coarse median on a metric space and formally introduce the concept of a coarse median structure as an equivalence class of coarse medians up to closeness. We show that a group which possesses a uniformly left-invariant coarse median structure admits only finitely many conjugacy classes of homomorphisms from a given group with Kazhdan’s property (T). This is a common generalization of a theorem due to Paulin about the outer automorphism group of a hyperbolic group with property (T) as well as of a result of Behrstock–Druţu–Sapir on the mapping class groups of orientable surfaces. We discuss a metric approximation property of finite subsets in coarse median spaces extending the classical result on approximation of Gromov hyperbolic spaces by trees.


Coarse median spaces Property (T) Outer automorphism group 

Mathematics Subject Classification (2010)




The author would like to express his gratitude towards his Master thesis advisor, Goulnara Arzhantseva, for introducing him to this subject, sharing her knowledge, many helpful suggestions, and most of all, for encouraging him to write this paper. He wishes to thank Frédéric Paulin for giving an enlightening mini-course at the second Young Geometric Group Theory Meeting which stimulated the author’s work towards a generalization of the result concerning outer automorphisms of hyperbolic groups with Kazhdan’s property (T). The author also thanks Bogdan Nica and the anonymous referee for useful comments on the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mathematisches InstitutGeorg-August-Universität GöttingenGöttingenGermany

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