Title: Rigidity for groups with hidden symmetries
Speaker: Alex Furman
Speaker Info: University of Illinois at Chicago
Brief Description:
Special Note:

In the 1970s G.A.Margulis proved that linear representations of certain discrete subgroups (lattices) in such Lie groups as SL(3,R) are essentially determined by the representations of the ambient Lie group. This phenomenon, known as superrigidity, has far reaching applications and has inspired a lot of research in such areas as geometry, dynamics, descriptive set theory, operator algebras etc.

We shall try to explain the superrigidity of lattices and related groups by looking at some hidden symmetries (Weyl group) that they inherit from the ambient group.

The talk is based on a joint work with Uri Bader.

Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Time: 4:10pm
Where: Lunt 105
Contact Person: Antonio Auffinger
Contact email: auffing@math.northwestern.edu
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