Events & Seminars

2017 Dec 05

Dynamics Seminar: Micheal Hochman (HUJI): Dimension of self-affine sets and measures

2:15pm to 3:15pm

Location: 

Ross 70
I will discuss joint work with Balazs Barany and Ariel Rapaport on the dimension of self-affine sets and measures. We confirm that under mild irreducibility conditions on the generating maps, the dimension is "as expected", i.e. equal to the affinity or Lyapunov dimension. This completes a program started by Falconer in the 1980s. In the first part of the talk I will explain how the Lyapunov dimension arises from Ledrappier-Young formula for self-affine sets, and then explain how additive combinatorics methods can be used to prove that this is the correct dimension.
2018 Jan 02

Dynamics Seminar: Ilya Khayutin (Princeton / IAS) - CM Points, Joinings and Intermediate Measures

2:15pm to 3:15pm

Location: 

Ross 70
A celebrated theorem of Duke states that Picard/Galois orbits of CM points on a complex modular curve, e.g. SL2(Z)\SL2(R)/SO2(R), equidistribute in the limit when the absolute value of the discriminant goes to infinity. Michel and Venkatesh have conjectured that a sequence of some 2-fold self-joinings of CM orbits equidistributes in the product space as long as it escapes any closed orbit of an intermediate subgroup, i.e. Hecke correspondences.
2017 Oct 24

T&G: Asaf Shachar (Hebrew University), Riemannian embeddings of minimal distortion

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Room 70A, Ross Building, Jerusalem, Israel
This talk revolves around the question of how close is one Riemannian manifold to being isometrically immersible in another. We associate with every mapping $f:(M,g) \to (N,h)$ a measure of distortion - an average distance of $df$ from being an isometry. Reshetnyak's theorem states that a sequence of mappings between Euclidean domains whose distortion tends to zero has a subsequence converging to an isometry. I will present a generalization of Reshetnyak’s theorem to the general Riemannian setting.
2017 Nov 07

T&G: Ran Tessler (ETH - ITS), Open (CP^1,RP^1) intersection theory: properties, calculations and open Gromov-Witten/Hurwitz corrspondence.

1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

Room 70A, Ross Building, Jerusalem, Israel
We will start be explaining the difficulties in constructing enumerative open Gromov-Witten theories, and mention cases we can overcome these difficulties and obtain a rich enumerative structure. We then restrict to one such case, and define the full genus 0 stationary open Gromov-Witten theory of maps to CP^1 with boundary conditions on RP^1, including descendents, together with its equivariant extension. We fully compute the theory.
2017 Dec 26

T&G: Or Hershkovits (Stanford), Uniqueness of mean curvature flow through (some) singularities

1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

Room 63, Ross Building, Jerusalem, Israel
Abstract: Given a smooth compact hypersurface in Euclidean space, one can show that there exists a unique smooth evolution starting from it, existing for some maximal time. But what happens after the flow becomes singular? There are several notions through which one can describe weak evolutions past singularities, with various relationship between them. One such notion is that of the level set flow.
2017 Oct 31

T&G: Pavel Giterman (Hebrew University), Descendant Invariants in Open Gromov Witten Theory

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Room 70A, Ross Building, Jerusalem, Israel
In this talk we will consider the question of defining descendant invariants in open Gromov-Witten theory. In the closed Gromov-Witten theory, descendant invariants are constructed from Chern classes of certain tautological lines bundles which live on the moduli space of stable curves. The intersection numbers obtained from those classes (and other classes) can be incorporated in a generating function that satisfies various partial differential equations reflecting recurrence relations and which can sometimes be used to calculate the numbers explicitly.
2017 Nov 14

T&G: Shmuel Weinberger (University of Chicago), Periodic transformations on aspherical manifolds

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Room 70A, Ross Building, Jerusalem, Israel
Suppose Z/n acts on a manifold, then if it has a fixed point, the natural homomorphism Z/n --> Out(π) (π = the fundamental group) lifts to Aut(π). If π is centreless, and the aspherical manifold is locally symmetric and the action is isometric, the converse holds. We shall discuss the extent to which this observation is geometric and to what extent it's topological. (It will depend on M and it will depend on n). לאירוע הזה יש שיחת וידאו. הצטרף: https://meet.google.com/mcs-bwxr-iza
2018 Jan 02

T&G: Shaofeng Wang (Hebrew University), GIT, symplectic reduction and the Kempf-Ness theorem

1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

Room 63, Ross Building, Jerusalem, Israel
Let G be a group acting on a projective variety. If G is noncompact, the quotient space X/G is in general "bad". In this talk I will discuss two methods to make this quotient "good", i.e. GIT and symplectic reduction. Both methods include the idea of keeping "good orbits" and throwing away "bad orbits". Hilbert-Mumford criterion provides a way to distinguish good orbits (which are called stable orbits) and the Kempf-Ness theorem tells us two methods produce the same quotient space. I will use several examples to show how Hilbert-Mumford criterion and the Kempf-Ness theorem work.
2017 Dec 14

Colloquium: Yoel Groman (Columbia) - "Mirror symmetry for toric Calabi Yau 3-folds"

2:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Manchester Building (Hall 2), Hebrew University Jerusalem
Mirror symmetry is a far reaching duality relating symplectic geometry on a given manifold to complex geometry on a completely different manifold - its mirror. Toric Calabi Yau manifolds are a large family of examples which which have served as a testing ground for numerous ideas in the study of mirror symmetry. I will prove homological mirror symmetry when the symplectic side is a toric Calabi-Yau 3-fold. I will aim to explain geometrically why the mirror of a toric Calabi Yau takes the particular form it does.
2017 Dec 28

Colloquium: Or Hershkovits (Stanford) - "The Mean Curvature flow and its applications"

2:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Manchester Building (Hall 2), Hebrew University Jerusalem
Being the gradient flow of the area functional, the mean curvature flow can be thought of as a greedy algorithm for simplifying embedded shapes. But how successful is this algorithm? In this talk, I will describe three examples for how mean curvature flow, as well as its variants and weak solutions, can be used to achieve this desired simplification. The first is a short time smoothing effect of the flow, allowing to smooth out some rough, potentially fractal initial data.
2017 Nov 09

Colloquium: Nir Lev (Bar Ilan University) - Fourier quasicrystals

2:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Manchester Building (Hall 2), Hebrew University Jerusalem
By a Fourier quasicrystal we mean a pure point measure in R^d, whose Fourier transform is also a pure point measure. This notion was inspired by the experimental discovery of quasicrystalline materials in the middle of 80's. The classical example of such a measure comes from Poisson's summation formula. Which other measures of this type may exist? I will give the relevant background on this problem and present our recent results obtained in joint work with Alexander Olevskii.
2017 Nov 23

Colloquium: Andreas Thom (Dresden) - "Topological methods to solve equations over groups"

2:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Manchester Building (Hall 2), Hebrew University Jerusalem
I will survey various approximation properties of finitely generated groups and explain how they can be used to prove various longstanding conjectures in the theory of groups and group rings. A large class of groups (no group known to be not in the class) is presented that satisfy the Kervaire-Laudenbach Conjecture about solvability of non-singular equations over groups. Our method is inspired by seminal work of Gerstenhaber-Rothaus, which was the key to prove the Kervaire-Laudenbach Conjecture for residually finite groups.

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