Events & Seminars

2016 Mar 31

Groups & dynamics: Paul Nelson (ETH) - Quantum variance on quaternion algebras

10:00am to 11:00am

Location: 

Ross building, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, (Room 70)
To every topological group, one can associate a unique universal
minimal flow (UMF): a flow that maps onto every minimal flow of the
group. For some groups (for example, the locally compact ones), this
flow is not metrizable and does not admit a concrete description.
However, for many "large" Polish groups, the UMF is metrizable, can be
computed, and carries interesting combinatorial information. The talk
will concentrate on some new results that give a characterization of
metrizable UMFs of Polish groups. It is based on two papers, one joint
2016 Nov 24

Groups and dynamics- Oren Becker

10:30am to 11:30am

Location: 

Ross 70
Speaker: Oren Becker
Title: Locally testable groups
Abstract:
Arzhantseva and Paunescu [AP2015] showed that if two permutations X and Y in Sym(n) nearly commute (i.e. XY is close to YX), then the pair (X,Y) is close to a pair of permutations that really commute.
2016 Jan 07

Groups & dynamics: Mark Shusterman (TAU) - Ranks of subgroups in boundedly generated groups

10:00am to 11:00am

Location: 

Ross building, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, (Room 70)
To every topological group, one can associate a unique universal
minimal flow (UMF): a flow that maps onto every minimal flow of the
group. For some groups (for example, the locally compact ones), this
flow is not metrizable and does not admit a concrete description.
However, for many "large" Polish groups, the UMF is metrizable, can be
computed, and carries interesting combinatorial information. The talk
will concentrate on some new results that give a characterization of
metrizable UMFs of Polish groups. It is based on two papers, one joint
2016 Mar 03

Groups & dynamics: Karim Adiprasito (HUJI) - Contractible manifolds, hyperbolicity and the fundamental pro-group at infinity

10:00am to 11:00am

Location: 

Ross building, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, (Room 70)
To every topological group, one can associate a unique universal
minimal flow (UMF): a flow that maps onto every minimal flow of the
group. For some groups (for example, the locally compact ones), this
flow is not metrizable and does not admit a concrete description.
However, for many "large" Polish groups, the UMF is metrizable, can be
computed, and carries interesting combinatorial information. The talk
will concentrate on some new results that give a characterization of
metrizable UMFs of Polish groups. It is based on two papers, one joint
2016 Nov 17

Groups and dynamics: Arie Levit

10:30am to 11:30am

Location: 

Ross 70
Speaker: Arie Levit
Weizmann Institute
Title: Local rigidity of uniform lattices
Abstract: A lattice is topologically locally rigid (t.l.r) if small deformations of it are isomorphic lattices. Uniform lattices in Lie groups were shown to be t.l.r by Weil [60']. We show that uniform lattices are t.l.r in any compactly generated topological group.
2016 Dec 15

Groups and dynamics: Yair Hartman (Northwestern) - Percolation, Invariant Random Subgroups and Furstenberg Entropy

10:30am to 11:30am

Location: 

Ross 70
Abstract:
In this talk I'll present a joint work with Ariel Yadin, in which we solve the Furstenberg Entropy Realization Problem for finitely supported random walks (finite range jumps) on free groups and lamplighter groups. This generalizes a previous result of Bowen. The proof consists of several reductions which have geometric and probabilistic flavors of independent interests.
All notions will be explained in the talk, no prior knowledge of Invariant Random Subgroups or Furstenberg Entropy is assumed.
2015 Dec 31

Groups & dynamics: Thang Neguyen (Weizmann) - Rigidity of quasi-isometric embeddings

10:00am to 11:00am

Location: 

Ross building, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, (Room 70)
To every topological group, one can associate a unique universal
minimal flow (UMF): a flow that maps onto every minimal flow of the
group. For some groups (for example, the locally compact ones), this
flow is not metrizable and does not admit a concrete description.
However, for many "large" Polish groups, the UMF is metrizable, can be
computed, and carries interesting combinatorial information. The talk
will concentrate on some new results that give a characterization of
metrizable UMFs of Polish groups. It is based on two papers, one joint
2015 Nov 24

Dynamics & probability: Yaar Salomon (Stonybrook) "The Danzer problem and a solution to a related problem of Gowers"

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Manchester building, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, (Room 209)
The Danzer problem and a solution to a related problem of Gowers
Is there a point set Y in R^d, and C>0, such that every convex
set of volume 1 contains at least one point of Y and at most C? This
discrete geometry problem was posed by Gowers in 2000, and it is a special
case of an open problem posed by Danzer in 1965. I will present two proofs
that answers Gowers' question with a NO. The first approach is dynamical;
we introduce a dynamical system and classify its minimal subsystems. This
2015 Dec 02

Dynamics & probability: Ron Rosenthal (ETHZ) "Local limit theorem for certain ballistic random walks in random environments"

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Ross 70
Title: Local limit theorem for certain ballistic random walks in random
environments
Abstract: We study the model of random walks in random environments in
dimension four and higher under Sznitman's ballisticity condition (T').
We prove a version of a local Central Limit Theorem for the model and also
the existence of an equivalent measure which is invariant with respect
to the point of view of the particle. This is a joint work with Noam Berger
and Moran Cohen.
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.

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