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Dynamics, Geometry, & Groups Seminar

Dynamics, Geometry, & Groups - Francesco Cellarosi (Queen's)

Friday, October 5th, 2018

Time: 10:30 a.m Place: Jeffery Hall 422

Speaker: Francesco Cellarosi (Queen's University)

Title: Central Limit Theorem via spectral method

Abstract: I will explain the Nagaev-Guivarc'h method to obtain a Central Limit Theorem for sequences of random variables coming from a large class of 1-dimensional dynamical systems, namely uniformly expanding maps of the interval. The idea is work in a suitable Banach space to establish a spectral gap for the transfer operator, and then use a perturbative argument. This talk is based on a paper by Sébastien Gouëzel.

Dynamics, Geometry, & Groups - Jacob Russell (CUNY)

Friday, September 14th, 2018

Time: 10:30 a.m Place: Jeffery Hall 422

Speaker: Jacob Russell (CUNY)

Title: The geometry of groups via their boundaries

Abstract: Gromov revolutionized the study of finitely generated groups by purposing the study of groups as geometric objects. The success of this geometric viewpoint has inspired a whole program of classifying groups geometrically. From the geometry of the group, one can construct various boundaries; topological spaces which record the geometry of the group "at infinity". One of these boundaries, the Morse boundary, is particularly nice as the group has a natural action on it by homeomorphisms. The Morse boundary can also be equipped with a natural cross-ratio and we will discuss how the topology of the boundary coupled with this cross-ratio is actually sufficient to encode the entire geometry of the group.

Dynamics, Geometry, & Groups - Camille Horbez

Friday, September 7th, 2018

Time: 10:30 a.m Place: Jeffery Hall 422

Speaker: Camille Horbez (Laboratoire de Mathématiques d’Orsay)

Title: Growth under automorphisms of hyperbolic groups

Abstract: Let G be a finitely generated group, let S be a finite generating set of G, and let f be an automorphism of G. A natural question is the following: what are the possible asymptotic behaviors for the length of f^n(g), written as a word in the generating set S, as n goes to infinity, and as g varies in the group G?

We investigate this question in the case where G is a torsion-free Gromov hyperbolic group. Growth was completely described by Thurston when G is the fundamental group of a hyperbolic surface, and can be understood from Bestvina-Handel’s work on train-tracks when G is a free group. We address the case of a general torsion-free hyperbolic group. We show in particular that every element g has a well-defined exponential growth rate under iteration of f, and that only finitely many exponential growth rates arise as g varies in G.

This is a joint work with Rémi Coulon, Arnaud Hilion and Gilbert Levitt.

Dynamics, Geometry, & Groups - Derrick Wigglesworth (Fields Inst.)

Friday, August 10th, 2018

Time: 10:30 am Place: Jeffery Hall 422

Speaker: Derrick Wigglesworth (Fields Institute)

Title: Groups acting on trees

Abstract: I'll discuss several of the ways one can learn about groups via their actions on trees.  There will be many examples and pictures.  Then, we'll briefly discuss folding paths; a tool for understanding complicated actions. Finally, I'll mention some applications of folding paths.