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Discrete subgroups of PU(2, 1) with screw parabolic elements


We give a version of Shimizu's lemma for groups of complex hyperbolic isometries one of whose generators is a parabolic screw motion. Suppose that G is a discrete group containing a parabolic screw motion A and let B be any element of G not fixing the fixed point of A. Our result gives a bound on the radius of the isometric spheres of B and B−1 in terms of the translation lengths of A at their centres. We use this result to give a sub-horospherical region precisely invariant under the stabiliser of the fixed point of A in G.

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Mathematical Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
  • ISSN: 0305-0041
  • EISSN: 1469-8064
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