Events & Seminars

2016 Nov 01

Dynamics & probability: Asaf Katz (HUJI): Mixing and sparse ergodic theorems

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Manchester building, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, (Room 209)
We consider Bourgain's sparse ergodic theorem for systems where quantitative mixing estimates are present. Focusing on the case of the horocyclic flow, we show how to use such estimates in order to bound the dimension of the exceptional set, providing evidence towards conjectures by N. Shah, G. Margulis and P. Sarnak. Moreover we show that there exists a bound which is independent from the spectral gap. The proof uses techniques from homogeneous dynamics, automorphic representations and number theory.
2017 Mar 07

Dynamics seminar: Erez Nesharim: Badly approximable vectors in fractals

2:00pm to 3:00pm

In ergodic dynamical systems almost every point is generic. Many times it is interesting to understand how large is the set of non-generic points. In this talk I will present a criterion for a set to have a nonempty intersection with every “regular fractal". We then apply this criterion to show that the set of badly approximable vectors with weights intersects every regular fractal, and put it in the context of diagonalizable actions on homogeneous spaces.  This talk is based on a joint work with Dzmitry Badziahin, Stephen Harrap and David Simmons.
2016 Nov 22

Dynamics & probability, Vincent Delacroix (Bordeaux): Computing Lyapunov exponents of the Teichmüller flow

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Bet Belgia Library, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Teichmüller flow acts as a renormalization operator for interval exchange transformations. For this reason its properties give some insight about the dynamics of rational billiards. For example Lyapunov exponents of the Teichmüller flow are tightly related to equidistribution speed in rational billiards. Since the mid 90's M. Kontsevich and A. Zorich started computations of these exponents. After giving some motivating examples for the computation of these exponents and a brief overview of 30 years of intensive research (including works of
2017 Jun 27

Dynamics seminar:Ohad Feldheim (Stanford): The power of two-choices in reducing discrepancy

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Consider a process in which points are assigned uniformly and independently at random on the interval [0,1]. It is a classical observation that after N points were assigned, the typical discrepancy of the empirical distribution, i.e., the maximum difference between the proportion of points on any interval and the length of that interval, is of order 1/sqrt{N}. Now consider a similar online process in which at every step an overseer is allowed to choose between two independent, uniformly chosen points on [0,1].   -- By how much can the overseer reduce the discrepancy of the selected points?
2016 Dec 06

Dynamics & probability: Lucia Simonelli - Absolutely Continuous Spectrum for Parabolic Flows/Maps

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Manchester building, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, (Room 209)
This talk will discuss some recent developments in the study of the spectral properties of parabolic flows and maps. More specifically, it will focus on the techniques used to determine the spectrum of the time-changes of the horocycle flow and and the effort to generalize these methods to create conditions under which a general parabolic flow/map would be expected to have absolutely continuous spectrum.
2017 Nov 21

Dynamics Seminar: Yakov Pesin (PSU), “A geometric approach for constructing equilibrium measures in hyperbolic dynamics”

2:15pm to 3:15pm

Location: 

Ross 70
In the classical settings of Anosov diffeomorphisms or more general locally maximal hyperbolic sets I describe a new approach for constructing equilibrium measures corresponding to some continuous potentials and for studying some of their ergodic properties. This approach is pure geometrical in its nature and uses no symbolic representations of the system. As a result it can be used to effect thermodynamics formalism for systems for which no symbolic representation is available such as partially hyperbolic systems.

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