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On the cardinality of sumsets in torsion-free groups

Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society (Impact Factor: 0.63). 09/2010; DOI: 10.1112/blms/bds032
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ABSTRACT Let $A, B$ be finite subsets of a torsion-free group $G$. We prove that for every positive integer $k$ there is a $c(k)$ such that if $|B|\ge c(k)$ then the inequality $|AB|\ge |A|+|B|+k$ holds unless a left translate of $A$ is contained in a cyclic subgroup. We obtain $c(k)<c_0k^{6}$ for arbitrary torsion-free groups, and $c(k)<c_0k^{3}$ for groups with the unique product property, where $c_0$ is an absolute constant. We give examples to show that $c(k)$ is at least quadratic in $k$.

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