Events & Seminars

2017 Oct 31

Dynamics Seminar: Weikun He (HUJI): Orthogonal projections of discretized sets

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Ross 70
In this talk I will discuss a finitary version of projection theorems in fractal geometry. Roughly speaking, a projection theorem says that, given a subset in the Euclidean space, its orthogonal projection onto a subspace is large except for a small set of exceptional directions. There are several ways to quantify "large" and "small" in this statement. We will place ourself in a discretized setting where the size of a set is measured by its delta-covering number : the minimal number of balls of radius delta needed to cover the set, where delta > 0 is the scale.
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 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 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 Dec 21

Colloquium: Alex Lubotzky (HUJI) - "Groups approximation, stability and high dimensional expanders"

2:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Manchester Building (Hall 2), Hebrew University Jerusalem
Several well-known open questions (such as: are all groups sofic or hyperlinear?) have a common form: can all groups be approximated by asymptotic homomorphisms into the symmetric groups Sym(n) (in the sofic case) or the unitary groups U(n) (in the hyperlinear case)? In the case of U(n), the question can be asked with respect to different metrics andnorms. We answer, for the first time, one of these versions, showing that there exist fintely presented groups which arenot approximated by U(n) with respect to the Frobenius (=L_2) norm.
2017 Nov 16

Colloquium: John R. Klein (Wayne State U.) - "Algebraic Topology and Fluctuations"

2:40pm to 3:40pm

Location: 

Manchester Building (Hall 2), Hebrew University Jerusalem
This talk will investigate a certain class of continuous time Markov processes using machinery from algebraic topology. To each such process, we will associate a homological observable, the average current, which is a measurement of the net flow of probability of the system. We show that the average current quantizes in the low temperature limit. We also explain how the quantized version admits a topological description.
2018 Jan 11

Colloquium: Andrei Okounkov (Columbia) - "Catching monodromy"

2:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Manchester Building (Hall 2), Hebrew University Jerusalem
Monodromy of linear differential and difference equations is a very old and classical object, which may be seen as a far-reaching generalization of the exponential map of a Lie group. While general properties of this map may studied abstractly, for certain very special equations of interest in enumerative geometry, representation theory, and also mathematical physics, it is possible to describe the monodromy "explicitly", in certain geometric and algebraic terms. I will explain one such recent set of ideas, following joint work with M. Aganagic and R. Bezrukavnikov.

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