Seminars

2017 Jan 26

Amitsur Algebra: Lev Glebsky, "Approximations of groups and equations over groups"

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Manchester Building, Room 209
Title: Approximations of groups and equations over groups. Abstract: The talk is largely based on the paper which may be found here: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1UN3b4~FOr6ze Abstract: Let G be a group and K a class of groups. I define a notion of approximation of G by K and give several characterizations of approximable by K groups. For example, the sofic groups, defined by B. Weiss, are the groups approximable by symmetric (or alternating) groups. In the case of sofic groups we have that the following are equivalent:
2017 Jan 19

Amitsur Algebra: Yiftach Barnea, "Old and New Results on Subgroup Growth in Pro-p Groups."

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Manchester Building, Room 209
Title: Old and New Results on Subgroup Growth in Pro-p Groups. Abstract: I will survey our current knowledge about subgroup growth in pro-p growth. In particular I will present new solutions to long standing open problems in the area: 1. What is the minimal subgroup growth of non-$p$-adic analytic pro-$p$ groups? (Joint work with Benjamin Klopsch and Jan-Christoph Schlage-Puchta.) 2. What are the subgroup growths of the Grigorchuk group and the Gupta-Sidki groups? (Joint work with Jan-Christoph Schlage-Puchta.)
2017 Jun 22

Amitsur Algebra: Jan Dobrowolski

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Manchester 209
Title: Inp-minimal ordered groups. Abstract. The main goal of the talk is to present the proof of the theorem stating that inp-minimal (left)-ordered groups are abelian. This generalizes a previous result of P. Simon for bi-ordered inp-minimal groups.
2016 Dec 29

Amitsur Algebra: Igor Rivin, "Random integer matrices"

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Manchester Building, Room 209
Title: Random integer matrices Abstract: I will discuss various models of random integer matrices, and their (occasionally surprising) properties. Some of the work discussed is joint with E. Fuchs.
2016 Dec 08

Amitsur Algebra: George Glauberman (Chicago)

12:00pm to 1:15pm

Location: 

Manchester Building, Room 209
Title: Fixed points of finite groups on modules Abstract: Suppose G is a finite group, p is a prime, S is a Sylow p-subgroup of G, and V is a G-module over a field of characteristic p. In some situations, an easy calculation shows that the fixed points of G on V are the same as the fixed points of the normalizer of S in G. Generalizations of this result have been obtained previously to study the structure of G for p odd. We plan to describe a new generalization for p = 2. (This is part of joint work with J. Lynd that removes the classification of finite simple groups
2017 Jun 29

Amitsur Algebra: Nir Gadish

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Manchester 209
Title: Stability patterns in representation theory and applications Abstract: Many natural sequences of objects come equipped with group actions, e.g. the symmetric group on n letters acting on a space X_n. This leads to fundamental instability of invariants, such as homology, arising from the representation theory of the sequence of groups. Representation stability is a new and increasingly important set of ideas that describe a sense in which such sequence of representations (of different groups) stabilizes.
2017 May 25

Amitsur Algebra: Katrin Tent, "Sharply 2- and 3-transitive groups"

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Manchester 209
The existence of sharply 2-transitive groups without regular normal subgroup was a longstanding open problem. Recently constructions have been given, at least in certain characteristics. We will survey the current state of the art and explain some constructions and their limitations. (joint work with E. Rips)
2016 Dec 22

Amitsur Algebra: Mark Sapir (Vanderbilt)

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Manchester Building, Room 209
Title: On groups with quadratic Dehn functions Abstract: This is a joint work with A. Olshanskii. We construct a finitely presented group with quadratic Dehn function and undecidable conjugacy problem.
2015 Nov 24

Dynamics & probability: Yaar Salomon (Stonybrook) "The Danzer problem and a solution to a related problem of Gowers"

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Manchester building, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, (Room 209)
The Danzer problem and a solution to a related problem of Gowers Is there a point set Y in R^d, and C>0, such that every convex set of volume 1 contains at least one point of Y and at most C? This discrete geometry problem was posed by Gowers in 2000, and it is a special case of an open problem posed by Danzer in 1965. I will present two proofs that answers Gowers' question with a NO. The first approach is dynamical; we introduce a dynamical system and classify its minimal subsystems. This classification in particular yields the negative answer to Gowers'

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