Eventss

2015 Oct 22

Colloquium: Nir Avni (Northwestern), "Counting points and counting representations"

2:30pm to 3:30pm

Title: Counting points and counting representations
Abstract:
I will talk about the following questions:
1) Given a system of polynomial equations with integer coefficients, how many solutions does it have in the ring Z/N?
2)​ Given a polynomial map f:R^a-->R^b and a smooth, compactly supported measure m on R^a, does the push-forward of m by f have bounded density?
3) Given a lattice in a higher rank Lie group (say, SL(n,Z) for n>2). How many d-dimensional representations does it ​have?
2017 Sep 14

Colloquium: Kate Juschenko (Northwestern University) - "Cycling amenable groups and soficity"

2:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

IIAS hall, Hebrew University Jerusalem
I will give introduction to sofic groups and discuss a possible strategy towards finding a non-sofic group. I will show that if the Higman group were sofic, there would be a map from Z/pZ to itself, locally like an exponential map, satisfying a rather strong recurrence property. The approach to (non)-soficity is based on the study of sofic representations of amenable subgroups of a sofic group. This is joint work with Harald Helfgott.
2017 Sep 12

T&G: Liat Kessler (Cornell and Oranim), Extending Homologically trivial symplectic cyclic actions to Hamiltonian circle actions

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Ross Building Room 70A
We ask whether every homologically trivial cyclic action on a symplectic four-manifold extend to a Hamiltonian circle action. By a cyclic action we mean an action of a cyclic group of finite order; it is homologically trivial if it induces the identity map on homology. We assume that the manifold is closed and connected. In the talk, I will give an example of a homologically trivial symplectic cyclic action on a four-manifold that admits Hamiltonian circle actions, and show that is does not extend to a Hamiltonian circle action.
2017 Aug 09

T&G: Peter Ozsvath (Princeton), Bordered methods in knot Floer homology

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Room 70A, Ross Building, Jerusalem, Israel
Knot Floer homology is an invariant for knots in the three-sphere defined using methods from symplectic geometry. I will describe a new algebraic formulation of this invariant which leads to a reasonably efficient computation of these invariants. This is joint work with Zoltan Szabo.
2016 Jan 11

Zabrodsky lecture series: Peter Ozsváth (Princeton) "Bordered Floer homology"

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Ross 70A
Abstract: Bordered Floer homology is an invariant for three-manifolds with boundary, defined in collaboration with Robert Lipshitz and Dylan Thurston. The invariant associates a DG algebra to a parameterized surface, and a module over that algebra to a three-manifold with boundary. I will explain how methods from bordered Floer homology can be used to give a tidy description of knot Floer homology. This is joint work with Zoltan Szabo.
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.

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