Events & Seminars

2017 Mar 21

Dynamics seminar: Nadav Yesha (Kings College): Pair correlation for quadratic polynomials mod 1

2:00pm to 3:00pm

It is an open question whether the fractional parts of nonlinear polynomials at integers have the same fine-scale statistics as a Poisson point process. We provide explicit Diophantine conditions on the coefficients of degree 2 polynomials under which the limit of an averaged pair correlation density is consistent with the Poisson distribution, using a recent effective Ratner equidistribution result on the space of affine lattices due to Strömbergsson. This is joint work with Jens Marklof.
2016 Nov 29

Dynamics & probability: Ofir David (HUJI), Equidistribution of finite continued fractions.

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Manchester building, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, (Room 209)
It is well known that for almost every x in (0,1) its orbit under the Gauss map, namely T(x)=1/x-[1/x], equidistributes with respect to the Gauss-Kuzmin measure. This claim is not true for all x, and in particular it is not true for rational numbers which have finite "orbits" which terminate in 0. In order to still have some equidistribution, we instead group together the orbits corresponding to p/q when q is fixed and (p,q)=1 and ask whether these finite sets equidistribute as q goes to infinity. 
2016 Dec 20

Dynamics & probability: Mike Hochman (HUJI), Dimension of Furstenberg measure of SL_2(R) random matrix products

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Manchester building, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, (Room 209)
Given a probability measure mu on the space of 2x2 matrices, there is, under mild conditions, a unique measure nu on the space of lines which is stationary for mu. This measure is called the Furstenberg measure of mu, and is important in many contexts, from the study of random matrix products to recent work on self-affine sets and measures. Of particular importance are the smoothness and dimension of the Furstenberg measure. In this talk I will discuss joint work with Boris Solomyak in which we adapt methods from
2017 May 23

Dynamics seminar: Alex Eskin (Chicago) - On stationary measure rigidity and orbit closures for actions of non-abelian groups

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Abstract: I will describe joint work in progress with Aaron Brown, Federico Rodriguez-Hertz and Simion Filip. Our aim is to find some analogue, in the context of smooth dynamics, of Ratner's theorems on unipotent flows. This would be a (partial) generalization of the results of Benoist-Quint and my work with Elon Lindenstrauss in the homogeneous setting, the results of Brown and Rodriguez-Hertz in dimension 2, and the my results with Maryam Mirzakhani in the setting of Teichmuller dynamics.
2017 Jan 10

Dynamics & probability: Tali Pinsky (TIFR, India): Minimal representatives and the Lorenz equations.

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Manchester building, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, (Room 209)
A minimal representative for a dynamical system is a system that has the simplest possible dynamics in its topological equivalence class. This is very much related to "dynamical forcing": when existence of certain periodic orbits forces existence of others. This is quite useful in the analysis of chaotic systems. I'll give examples of minimal representatives in dimensions one two and three. In dimension three, I'll show that the minimal representative for the chaotic Lorenz equations (for the correct parameters) is the geodesic flow on the modular surface. This will be an introductory talk.
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 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.

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