Seminars

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.
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 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?
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

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