Amitsur Algebra

The Amitsur Algebra seminar meets on Thursdays at 12:00 in room 209 of the Manchester House.
2020 Jan 02

Tamar Bar-On (BIU): Profinite completion of free profinite groups

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Seminar room 209, Manchester Building, Givat ram

Abstract: The profinite completion of a free profinite group on an infinite set of generators is a profinite group of greater rank. However, it is still unknown whether it is a free profinite group as well. I am going to present some partial results regarding this question.
2020 Jan 16

Lev Glebsky (UASLP): Residually finite by residually finite extensions are weakly sofic

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Manchester Building, Room 209
January 16, 12:00-13:00, Seminar room 209, Manchester building.

Abstract: I plan to show a proof of the statement  "residually-finite-by-residually-finite extensions are weakly sofic". The proof is based on characterization of weakly sofic groups 
by solvability of equations over groups. It looks different from other proofs of soficity and weak soficity. I plan to discuss relations of equations on and over groups with soficity in some details.

2018 Jun 27

Amitsur Symposium: Amiram Braun - "The polynomial question in modular invariant theory, old and new"

11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: 

Manchester House, Lecture Hall 2
Let G be a finite group, V a finite dimensional G- module over a field F, and S(V) the symmetric algebra of V. The above problem seeks to determine when is the ring of invariants S(V)^G , a polynomial ring. In the non-modular case (i.e. char(F) being prime to order(G)), this was settled in the Shephard-Todd-Chevalley theorem. The modular case (i.e. char(F) divides order (G) ), is still wide open. I shall discuss some older results due to Serre, Nakajima , Kemper-Malle and explain some new results, mostly in dimension 3.
2018 Jun 26

Amitsur Symposium: Lev Glebsky - "Approximations of groups by finite and linear groups"

4:30pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Manchester House, Lecture Hall 2
The sofic groups and hyperlinear groups are groups approximable by finite symmetric
and by unitary groups, respectively. I recall their definitions and discuss why those classes of groups are interesting. Then I consider approximations by other classes of groups and review some results, including rather recent ones by N. Nikolov, J. Schneider, A.Thom, https://arxiv.org/abs/1703.06092 .
If time permits I'll speak about stability and its relations with approximability.
2018 Jun 26

Amitsur Symposium: Arye Juhasz - "On the center of Artin groups"

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Manchester House, Lecture Hall 2
Let A be an Artin group. It is known that if A is spherical (of finite type) and irreducible (not a direct sum), then it has infinite cyclic center.
It is conjectured that all other irreducible Artin groups have trivial center. I prove this conjecture under a stronger assumption that not being spherical namely, if there is a standard generator which is not contained in any 3-generated spherical standard parabolic subgroup. The main tool is relative presentations of Artin groups.
2018 Jun 27

Amitsur Symposium: Yael Algom-Kfir - "The metric completion of an asymmetric metric space"

4:30pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Manchester House, Lecture Hall 2
The Teichmuller space with the Thurston metric and Outer Space with the Lipschitz metric are two examples of spaces with an asymmetric metric i.e. d(x,y)
eq d(y,x). The latter case is also incomplete: There exist Cauchy sequences that do not have a limit. We develop the theory of the completion of an asymmetric space and give lots of examples. Time permitting we will describe the case of Outer Space.
2018 Jun 26

Amitsur Symposium: Alex Lubotzky - "First order rigidity of high-rank arithmetic groups"

10:00am to 11:00am

Location: 

Manchester House, Lecture Hall 2
The family of high rank arithmetic groups is a class of groups playing an important role in various areas of mathematics.
It includes SL(n,Z), for n>2 , SL(n, Z[1/p] ) for n>1, their finite index subgroups and many more.
A number of remarkable results about them have been proven including; Mostow rigidity, Margulis Super rigidity and the Quasi-isometric rigidity.
2018 Jun 27

Amitsur Symposium: Chloe Perin - "Forking independence in the free group"

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Manchester House, Lecture Hall 2
Model theorists define, in structures whose first-order theory is "stable" (i.e. suitably nice), a notion of independence between elements. This notion coincides for example with linear independence when the structure considered is a vector space, and with algebraic independence when it is an algebraically closed field. Sela showed that the theory of the free group is stable. In a joint work with Rizos Sklinos, we give an interpretation of this model theoretic notion of independence in the free group using Grushko and JSJ decompositions.
2018 Jun 26

Amitsur Symposium: Aner Shalev - "The length and depth of finite groups, algebraic groups and Lie groups"

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Manchester House, Lecture Hall 2
The length of a finite group G is defined to be the maximal length of an unrefinable chain of subgroups going from G to 1. This notion was studied by many authors since the 1940s.
Recently there is growing interest also in the depth of G, which is the minimal length of such a chain. Moreover, similar notions were defined and studied for important families of infinite groups, such as connected algebraic groups and connected Lie groups.
2018 Jun 26

Amitsur Symposium: Malka Schaps - "Symmetric Kashivara crystals of type A in low rank"

11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: 

Manchester House, Lecture Hall 2
The basis of elements of the highest weight representations of affine Lie algebra of type A can be labeled in three different ways, my multipartitions, by piecewise linear paths in the weight space, and by canonical basis elements. The entire infinite basis is recursively generated from the highest weight vector of operators f_i from the Chevalley basis of the affine Lie algebra, and organized into a crystal called a Kashiwara crystal. We describe cases where one can move between the different labelings in a non-recursive fashion, particularly when the crystal has some symmetry.

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