Algebra Seminar

Title: Asymptotic properties of lattices in semisimple groups
Speaker: Arie Levit
Speaker Info: Yale
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Let G be a semisimple Lie group of rank two or higher. We discuss certain asymptotic properties for sequences of lattices inside G.

A lattice in G is associated to a classical geometric object of the form M = K\G/Gamma. We allow G to be either real or p-adic. An important geometric property for such sequences of metric spaces is Benjamini-Schramm (BS) convergence. We present a theorem saying that any sequence of distinct M's is BS-convergent.

It turns out that the geometric notion of BS-convergence has implications to representation theory, in terms of Plancherel measure convergence, and to topology, in terms of convergence of normalized Betti numbers. We will briefly mention these implications.

Kazhdan's property (T) plays an important role in the above results. We will explain a novel approach relying on Selberg's property instead and extending to products of rank one groups (such as SL2xSL2).

The talk is based on [Abert-Bergeron-Biringer-Gelander-Nikolov-Raimbault-Samet] and two recent preprints by Gelander-L. and L.

Date: Thursday, February 01, 2018
Time: 11:00am
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