Seminars and Colloquia

DnA Seminar

Nov 28

DnA Seminar

12:00 pm

Exley Science Center Tower ESC 638

Nov 21

DnA Seminar

12:00 pm

Exley Science Center Tower ESC 638

Nov 14

DnA Seminar

12:00 pm

Exley Science Center Tower ESC 638

Speaker: Tamara Kucherenko (City College of New York) Title: Measures of maximal entropy for suspension flows over the full shift Abstract: We consider suspension flows with continuous roof function over the full shift on a finite alphabet. For any positive entropy subshift of finite type Y, we show there exists a roof function such that the measure(s) of maximal entropy for the suspension flow over the full shiftare exactly the lifts of the measure(s) of maximal entropy for Y. In the case when Yis transitive, this gives a unique measure of maximal entropy for the flow which is not fully supported. If Yhas more than one transitive component, all with the same entropy, this gives explicit examples of suspension flows over the full shift with multiple measures of maximal entropy. This contrasts with the case of a H\"older continuous roof function where it is well known the measure of maximal entropy is unique and fully supported. This is joint work with Dan Thompson.

Nov 7

DnA Seminar

12:00 pm

Exley Science Center Tower ESC 638

Oct 31

DnA Seminar

12:00 pm

Exley Science Center Tower ESC 638

Speaker: Shahriar Mirzadeh, Brandeis University Title: Dimension estimates for the set of points with non-dense orbit in homogeneous spaces. Abstract: In this talk we study the set of points in a homogeneous space whose orbit escapes the complement of a fixed compact subset. We find an upper bound for the Hausdorff dimension of this set. This extends the work of Kadyrov, where he found an upper bound for the Hausdorff dimension of the set of points whose orbit misses a fixed ball of sufficiently small radius in a compact homogeneous space. We can also use our main result to produce new applications to Diophantine approximation. This is joint work with Dmitry Kleinbock.

Oct 17

DnA Seminar

12:00 pm

Exley Science Center Tower ESC 638

Speaker: Thang Nguyen, NYU Title: Hyperbolic rank rigidity Abstract: Motivated by the question about (Euclidean) rank rigidity, whether a closed nonpositively curved manifold with every geodesic locally contained in a flat is locally symmetric, we consider the question where flat is replaced by hyperbolic plane. The question about Euclidean rank rigidity was answered positive by Ballmann-Brin-Eberline and Burns-Spatzier in 80s'. For the later one, it has not been completely solved yet. It was achieved in many cases by Hamenstadt and Constantine. We give a positive answer for the case quarter-pinched manifolds, which we use different technique with the ones of Hamenstadt or Constantine. The main tool is from dynamics of Lyapunov distributions and a lemma by Foulon. I will talk about difficulty and ideas of proofs. This is a joint work with C. Connell and R. Spatzier.

Oct 10

DnA Seminar

12:00 pm

Exley Science Center Tower ESC 638

Oct 3

DnA Seminar

12:00 pm

Exley Science Center Tower ESC 638

Sep 26

DnA Seminar

12:00 pm

Exley Science Center Tower ESC 638

Sep 19

DnA Seminar

12:00 pm

Exley Science Center Tower ESC 638

Speaker: Tamara Kucherenko (City College of New York) Title: Measures of maximal entropy for suspension flows over the full shift Abstract: We consider suspension flows with continuous roof function over the full shift on a finite alphabet. For any positive entropy subshift of finite type Y, we show there exists a roof function such that the measure(s) of maximal entropy for the suspension flow over the full shiftare exactly the lifts of the measure(s) of maximal entropy for Y. In the case when Yis transitive, this gives a unique measure of maximal entropy for the flow which is not fully supported. If Yhas more than one transitive component, all with the same entropy, this gives explicit examples of suspension flows over the full shift with multiple measures of maximal entropy. This contrasts with the case of a H\"older continuous roof function where it is well known the measure of maximal entropy is unique and fully supported. This is joint work with Dan Thompson.

Feb 29

DnA Seminar

04:30 pm

Exley Science Center Tower ESC 638

Dynamics and Analysis Seminar Speaker: Dan Thompson (Ohio State) Title: Generalized beta-transformations and the entropy of unimodal maps Abstract: Generalized beta-transformations are the class of piecewise continuous interval maps given by taking the beta-transformationx beta x(mod1),wherebeta> 1, and replacing some of the branches with branches of constant negative slope. We would like to describe the set of beta for which these maps can admit a Markov partition. We know that beta (which is the exponential of the entropy of the map) must be an algebraic number. Our main result is that the Galois conjugates of such beta have modulus less than 2, and the modulus is bounded away from 2 apart from the exceptional case of conjugates lying on the real line. This extends an analysis of Solomyak for the case of beta-transformations, who obtained a sharp bound of the golden mean in that setting. I will also describe a connection with some of the results of Thurston's fascinating final paper, where the Galois conjugates of entropies of post-critically finite unimodal maps are shown to describe an intriguing fractal set. These numbers are included in the setting that we analyze.