Dynamical Systems Seminar

Title: Recent progress in the Zimmer program
Speaker: Aaron Brown
Speaker Info: University of Chicago
Brief Description:
Special Note:

The Zimmer Program is a collection of conjectures and questions regarding actions of lattices in higher-rank simple Lie groups on compact manifolds. For instance, it is conjectured that all non-trivial volume-preserving actions are built from algebraic examples using standard constructions. In particular, on manifolds whose dimension is below the dimension of all algebraic examples, Zimmer’s conjecture asserts that every action is finite.

I will present some background and motivation and then explain two of my own results within the Zimmer program: (1) a solution to Zimmer’s conjecture for actions of cocompact lattices in SL(n,R), n>=3 (joint with D. Fisher and S. Hurtado); (2) a classification (up to topological semiconjugacy) of lattice actions on tori whose induced action on homology satisfies certain criteria (joint with F. Rodriguez Hertz and Z. Wang).

Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Time: 4:00pm
Where: Lunt 105
Contact Person: Prof. Bryna Kra
Contact email: kra@math.northwestern.edu
Contact Phone: 847-491-5567
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