Events & Seminars

2017 May 25

Amitsur Algebra: Katrin Tent, "Sharply 2- and 3-transitive groups"

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Manchester 209
The existence of sharply 2-transitive groups without regular normal subgroup was a longstanding open problem. Recently constructions have been given, at least in certain characteristics. We will survey the current state of the art and explain some constructions and their limitations. (joint work with E. Rips)
2016 Dec 22

Amitsur Algebra: Mark Sapir (Vanderbilt)

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Manchester Building, Room 209
Title: On groups with quadratic Dehn functions Abstract: This is a joint work with A. Olshanskii. We construct a finitely presented group with quadratic Dehn function and undecidable conjugacy problem.
2017 Jan 26

Amitsur Algebra: Lev Glebsky, "Approximations of groups and equations over groups"

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Manchester Building, Room 209
Title: Approximations of groups and equations over groups. Abstract: The talk is largely based on the paper which may be found here: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1UN3b4~FOr6ze Abstract: Let G be a group and K a class of groups. I define a notion of approximation of G by K and give several characterizations of approximable by K groups. For example, the sofic groups, defined by B. Weiss, are the groups approximable by symmetric (or alternating) groups. In the case of sofic groups we have that the following are equivalent:
2017 Jan 19

Amitsur Algebra: Yiftach Barnea, "Old and New Results on Subgroup Growth in Pro-p Groups."

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Manchester Building, Room 209
Title: Old and New Results on Subgroup Growth in Pro-p Groups. Abstract: I will survey our current knowledge about subgroup growth in pro-p growth. In particular I will present new solutions to long standing open problems in the area: 1. What is the minimal subgroup growth of non-$p$-adic analytic pro-$p$ groups? (Joint work with Benjamin Klopsch and Jan-Christoph Schlage-Puchta.) 2. What are the subgroup growths of the Grigorchuk group and the Gupta-Sidki groups? (Joint work with Jan-Christoph Schlage-Puchta.)
2017 Jun 22

Amitsur Algebra: Jan Dobrowolski

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Manchester 209
Title: Inp-minimal ordered groups. Abstract. The main goal of the talk is to present the proof of the theorem stating that inp-minimal (left)-ordered groups are abelian. This generalizes a previous result of P. Simon for bi-ordered inp-minimal groups.
2015 Nov 17

Dynamics & probability: Sebastian Donoso (HUJI), "Topological structures and the pointwise convergence of some averages for commuting transformations"

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Manchester building, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, (Room 209)
Title: Topological structures and the pointwise convergence of some averages for commuting transformations Abstract: ``Topological structures'' associated to a topological dynamical system are recently developed tools in topological dynamics. They have several applications, including the characterization of topological dynamical systems, computing automorphisms groups and even the pointwise convergence of some averages.  In this talk I will discuss some developments of this subject, emphasizing applications to the pointwise convergence of some averages.
2015 Nov 10

Dynamics & probability: Ariel Rapaport (HUJI) " Self-affine measures with equal Hausdorff and Lyapunov dimensions"

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Manchester building, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, (Room 209)
Title: Self-affine measures with equal Hausdorff and Lyapunov dimensions Abstract: Let μ be the stationary measure on ℝd which corresponds to a self-affine iterated function system Φ and a probability vector p. Denote by A⊂Gl(d,ℝ) the linear parts of Φ. Assuming the members of A contract by more than 12, it follows from a result by Jordan, Pollicott and Simon, that if the translations of Φ are drawn according to the Lebesgue measure, then dimHμ=min{D,d} almost surely. Here D is the Lyapunov dimension, which is an explicit constant defined in terms of A and p.
2015 Dec 17

Groups & dynamics: Robert Hough (IAS) - Mixing and cut-off on cyclic groups

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Einstein 110
Consider a sequence of random walks on $\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}$ with symmetric generating sets $A= A(p)$. I will describe known and new results regarding the mixing time and cut-off. For instance, if the sequence $|A(p)|$ is bounded then the cut-off phenomenon does not occur, and more precisely I give a lower bound on the size of the cut-off window in terms of $|A(p)|$. A natural conjecture from random walk on a graph is that the total variation mixing time is bounded by maximum degree times diameter squared.
2015 Nov 19

Groups & dynamics: Lei Yang (HUJI) "Equidistribution of expanding translates of curves in homogeneous spaces and Diophantine approximation"

10:00am to 11:00am

Location: 

Ross 70
Title: Equidistribution of expanding translates of curves in homogeneous spaces and Diophantine approximation. Abstract: We consider an analytic curve $\varphi: I \rightarrow \mathbb{M}(n\times m, \mathbb{R}) \hookrightarrow \mathrm{SL}(n+m, \mathbb{R})$ and embed it into some homogeneous space $G/\Gamma$, and translate it via some diagonal flow

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