Dynamical Systems Seminar

Title: Ergodic Theory and Rigidity of Nilpotent Groups
Speaker: Mike Cantrell
Speaker Info: University of Illinois, Chicago
Brief Description:
Special Note:

Random aspects of the coarse geometry of finitely generated groups both occur naturally and have applications to the deterministic case. First, we describe the asymptotic behavior of certain random metrics on nilpotent groups, which generalizes a theorem of Pansu and implies an asymptotic shape theorem for first passage percolation. Seen from another perspective, this is a subadditive ergodic theorem for nilpotent groups. Second, we describe a measurable cocycle analog of Pansu's Rademacher-type differentiation theorem for Carnot spaces, answering a question of Austin. From this we deduce Pansu's quasi-isometric rigidity theorem.
Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Time: 4:00pm
Where: Lunt 104
Contact Person: Yair Hartman
Contact email: hartman@math.northwestern.edu
Contact Phone: 2274270898
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