Dear Members of the GAP Forum,
It is a pleasure to announce the new GAP4 share package
by Bettina Eick and Karel Dekimpe.
`AClib' stands for `almost crystallographic groups library'.
A group is called almost crystallographic if it is finitely
generated nilpotent-by-finite and has no non-trivial finite
normal subgroups. Further, an almost crystallographic group
is called almost Bieberbach if it is torsion-free.
The almost crystallographic groups of Hirsch length 3 and a
part of the almost cyrstallographic groups of Hirsch length 4
have been classified by Dekimpe in . This classification
includes all almost Bieberbach groups of Hirsch lengths 3 or 4.
The AClib package gives access to this classification; that is,
the package contains the library of groups as classified in 
in a computationally useful form.
The groups in this library are available in two different
representations. First, each of the groups of Hirsch length
3 or 4 has a rational matrix representation of dimension 4
or 5, respectively. These matrix representations have been
determined in  and they are included in `AClib'. Secondly,
all the groups in this libraray are (infinite) polycyclic groups
and the package also incorporates polycyclic presentations for
them. These presentations can be used to compute with the given
groups using the methods of the `Polycyclic' package of GAP4.
 K. Dekimpe. Almost-Bieberbach Groups: Affine and Polynomial
Structures. Springer Lecture Notes in Mathematics, Volume 1639
AClib can be obtained from the web page
and from the GAP4 share packages ftp directory:
Questions concerning the package or its installation should be
addressed to: email@example.com
February 22, 2001
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