Seminars

2016 Mar 08

Dynamics lunch seminar: Brandon Seward (HUJI): Entropy theory for non-amenable groups (part I)

12:00pm to 1:45pm

Location: 

Ross 70
Entropy was first defined for actions of the integers by Kolmogorov in 1958 and then extended to actions of countable amenable groups by Kieffer in 1975. Recently, there has been a surge of research in entropy theory following groundbreaking work of Lewis Bowen in 2008 which defined entropy for actions of sofic groups. In this mini-course I will cover these recent developments. I will carefully define the notions of sofic entropy (for actions of sofic groups) and Rokhlin entropy (for actions of general countable groups), discuss many of the main results, and go through some of the proofs.
2016 Jan 05

Dynamics lunch: Sebastian Donoso (HUJI) - Automorphism groups of low complexity subshifts

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Manchester building, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, (Coffee lounge)
Abstract: The automorphism group of a subshift $(X,\sigma)$ is the group of homeomorphisms of $X$ that commute with $\sigma$. It is known that such groups can be extremely large for positive entropy subshifts (like full shifts or mixing SFT). In this talk I will present some recent progress in the understanding of the opposite case, the low complexity one. I will show that automorphism groups are highly constrained for low complexity subshifts. For instance, for a minimal subshifts with sublinear complexity the automorphism group is generated by the shift and a finite set.
2016 Jan 12

Dynamics lunch: Brandon Seward (HUJI), "Borel chromatic numbers of free groups"

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Manchester building, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, (Coffee lounge)
Borel chromatic numbers of free groups Abstract: Recall that a coloring of a graph is a labeling of its vertices such that no pair of vertices joined by an edge have the same label. The chromatic number of a graph is the smallest number of colors for which there is a coloring. If G is a finitely generated group with generating set S, then for any free action of G on a standard Borel space X, we can place a copy of the S-Cayley graph of G onto every orbit. This results in a graph whose vertex set is X and whose edge set is Borel measurable. We can then consider Borel
2016 Mar 23

Topology & geometry, Amitai Zernik (Hebrew University), "Fixed-point Expressions for Open Gromov-Witten Invariants - overview and $A_{\infty}$ perspective"

11:00am to 12:45pm

Location: 

Ross building, Hebrew University (Seminar Room 70A)
Abstract: In this pair of talks I will discuss how to obtain fixed-point expressions for open Gromov-Witten invariants. The talks will be self-contained, and the second talk will only require a small part of the first talk, which we will review. The Atiyah-Bott localization formula has become a valuable tool for computation of symplectic invariants given in terms of integrals on the moduli spaces of closed stable maps. In contrast, the moduli spaces of open stable maps have boundary which must be taken into account in order to apply fixed-point localization. Homological perturbation
2015 Nov 11

Topology & geometry: Cy Maor (HUJI), "Limits of elastic energies of converging Riemannian manifolds"

11:00am to 12:45pm

Location: 

Ross building, Hebrew University (Seminar Room 70A)
Abstract: An elastic energy functional of a Riemannian manifold  is a function that measures the distance of an embedding u:→ℝd from being isometric. In many applications, the manifold in consideration is actually a limit of other manifolds, that is,  is a limit of n in some sense. Assuming that we have an elastic energy functional for each n, can we obtain an energy functional of  which is a limit of the functionals of n?
2016 Jan 20

Topology & geometry, Matan Prasma (Radboud University), "Model-categorical cotangent complex formalism"

11:00am to 12:45pm

Location: 

Ross building, Hebrew University (Seminar Room 70A)
Abstract: One of the first applications of model categories was Quillen homology. Building on the notion of Beck modules, one defines the cotangent complex of an associative or commutative (dg)-algebras as the derived functor of its abelianization. The latter is a module over the original algebra, and its homology groups are called the (Andre'-)Quillen homology. The caveat of this approach is that the cotangent complex is not defined as a functor on the category of all algebras.
2015 Dec 16

Topology & geometry: Yochay Jerby (HUJI), " Exceptional collections on toric Fano manifolds and the Landau-Ginzburg equations"

11:00am to 2:30pm

Location: 

Ross building, Hebrew University (Seminar Room 70A)
Abstract: For a toric Fano manifold $X$ denote by $Crit(X) \subset (\mathbb{C}^{\ast})^n$ the solution scheme of the Landau-Ginzburg system of equations of $X$. Examples of toric Fano manifolds with $rk(Pic(X)) \leq 3$ which admit full strongly exceptional collections of line bundles were recently found by various authors. For these examples we construct a map $E : Crit(X) \rightarrow Pic(X)$ whose image $\mathcal{E}=\left \{ E(z) \vert z \in Crit(X) \right \}$ is a full strongly exceptional collection satisfying the M-aligned property.
2016 Mar 09

Topology & geometry, Frol Zapolsky (University of Haifa), "On the contact mapping class group of the prequantization space over the Am Milnor fiber"

11:00am to 12:45pm

Location: 

Ross building, Hebrew University (Seminar Room 70A)
Abstract: The contact mapping class group of a contact manifold V is the set of contact isotopy classes of its contactomorphisms. When V is the 2n-dimensional (n at least 2) Am Milnor fiber times the circle, with a natural contact structure, we show that the full braid group Bm+1 on m+1strands embeds into the contact mapping class group of V. We deduce that when n=2, the subgroup Pm+1 of pure braids is mapped to the part of the contact mapping class group consisting of smoothly trivial classes. This solves the contact isotopy problem for V.

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