Groups & Dynamics

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 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
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 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
2015 Nov 05

Groups & Dynamics : Ilya Khayutin (HUJI)

9:45am to 11:00am

Location: 

Manchester building, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, (Room 209)
Title: Arithmetic of Double Torus Quotients and the Distribution of Periodic Torus Orbits Abstract: In this talk I will describe some new arithmetic invariants for pairs of torus orbits on inner forms of PGLn and SLn. These invariants allow us to significantly strengthen results towards the equidistribution of packets of periodic torus orbits on higher rank S-arithmetic quotients. An important aspect of our method is that it applies to packets of periodic orbits of maximal tori which are only partially split.
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 Dec 10

Groups & dynamics: Shmuel Weinberger (Chicago) - Borel and the symmetry of locally symmetric manifolds. II

10:00am to 11:00am

Location: 

Ross building, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, (Room 70)
Abstract
Borel studied the topological group actions that are
possible on locally symmetric manifolds. In these two talks, I will
explain Borel's work and interpret these results as a type of rigidity
statement very much related to the well-known Borel conjecture of high
dimensional topology. In particular, I will give the characterization
of locally symmetric manifolds (of dimension not 4) which have a
unique maximal conjugacy of finite group of orientation preserving
homeomorphisms, due to Cappell, Lubotzky and myself. We will then
2018 Jan 04

Group actions seminar: Ilya Khayutin (IAS/Princeton) - Joint Equidistribution of CM Points

10:30am to 11:30am

Location: 

Ross 70
A sequence of Picard/Galois orbits of special points in a product of arbitrary many modular curves is conjectured to equidistribute in the product space as long as it escapes any closed orbit of an intermediate subgroup. This conjecture encompasses several well-known results and conjectures, including Duke's Theorem, the Michel-Venkatesh mixing conjecture and the equidistribution strengthening of André-Oort in this setting.
2015 Dec 03

Groups & dynamics: Shmuel Weinberger (Chicago) - Borel and the symmetry of locally symmetric manifolds. I

10:00am to 11:20am

Location: 

Ross building, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, (Room 70)
Abstract:
Borel studied the topological group actions that are
possible on locally symmetric manifolds. In these two talks, I will
explain Borel's work and interpret these results as a type of rigidity
statement very much related to the well-known Borel conjecture of high
dimensional topology. In particular, I will give the characterization
of locally symmetric manifolds (of dimension not 4) which have a
unique maximal conjugacy of finite group of orientation preserving
homeomorphisms, due to Cappell, Lubotzky and myself. We will then
2017 May 25

Group actions/dynamics seminar: Sebastián Donoso (University of O'Higgins, Chile) Quantitative multiple recurrence for two and three transformations

10:00am to 11:00am

Location: 

Ross 70
In this talk I will provide some counter-examples for quantitative multiple
recurrence problems for systems with more than one transformation.  For
instance, I will show that there exists an ergodic system
$(X,\mathcal{X},\mu,T_1,T_2)$ with two commuting transformations such that
for every $\ell < 4$ there exists $A\in \mathcal{X}$ such that 
\[ \mu(A\cap T_1^n A\cap T_2^n A) < \mu(A)^{\ell} \] 
for every $n \in \mathbb{N}$. 
The construction of such a system is based on the study of ``big'' subsets

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