Dynamics Archives for Academic Year 2018

Infinite mixing for one-dimensional maps with an indifferent fixed point

When: Thu, August 31, 2017 - 2:00pm
Where: Kirwan Hall 1311
Speaker: Marco Lenci (Universita' di Bologna) - http://www.dm.unibo.it/~lenci/
Abstract: In the first part of the talk, I will give some background on the
question of mixing for dynamical systems preserving an infinite
measure (a.k.a. 'infinite mixing'). Then I will recall and discuss the
definitions of 'infinite-volume mixing' that I have introduced in
recent years, with a survey on some examples of dynamical systems
which verify or do not verify such definitions. Among these examples
there will be one-dimensional intermittent maps, the subject of recent
work with C. Bonanno and P. Giulietti.
In the second part of the talk, I will better state the results for
the intermittent maps: they comprise a class of expanding maps of
[0,1] with a 'strongly neutral' fixed point in 0 and a class of
expanding maps of the real line with strongly neutral fixed point at
infinity. I will give a sketch of how some of the definitions of
infinite-volume mixing are proved or disproved. Finally I will show
how one property, called global-local mixing, entails certain limit
theorems for our intermittent maps.

Ground states for Frenkel-Kontorova models on quasicrystals

When: Thu, September 7, 2017 - 2:00pm
Where: Kirwan Hall 1311
Speaker: Rodrigo Trevino (UMD) - http://trevino.cat
Abstract: The Frenkel-Kontorova model was first proposed in the 1930's to describe the structure and dynamics of a crystal lattice in the vicinity of a dislocation core, and by now has found many uses outside of solid state physics. Viewed from a dynamical systems point of view, it exhibits a lot of rich behavior tied to all sorts of great theories (e.g. KAM theory and Aubry-Mather theory) and fundamental open questions (e.g. Lyapunov exponents for the standard map).

I will talk about this model in the setting where the crystal is aperiodic. In this setting, most of the dynamics are no longer available, but some tools developed to study the (periodic) classical model are still useful. I will talk about how one of them in particular, the so-called anti-integrable limit, is useful to find ground states (also known as equilibrium configurations). No background on the model will be assumed.

Mixing and local limit theorem for some hyperbolic flows

When: Thu, September 28, 2017 - 2:00pm
Where: Kirwan Hall 1311
Speaker: Peter Nandori (UMD) - http://math.umd.edu/~pnandori/
Abstract: We consider a special flow over a mixing map with some hyperbolicity.
In case the roof function is square integrable, we find a set of conditions, under which the flow is mixing and also satisfies the local limit theorem. In case the roof function is non-integrable, we identify another set of conditions that imply Krickeberg mixing. The most important condition is the local limit theorem for the underlying map. We check that the conditions are satisfied for some examples, such as Axiom A flows, Sinai billiards, geometric Lorenz attractors (finite measure case) and suspensions over Pomeau-Manneville maps (finite and infinite measure cases). The talk is based on joint work with Dmitry Dolgopyat.

Fourier decay and spectral gaps on hyperbolic surfaces - UNUSUAL TIME

When: Tue, October 17, 2017 - 2:00pm
Where: Kirwan Hall 1308
Speaker: Semyon Dyatlov (MIT) - http://math.mit.edu/~dyatlov/
Abstract: Let $M$ be a nonelementary convex co-compact hyperbolic surface. It is well-known that the Selberg zeta function $Z_M(s)$ has a zero at $s=\delta$ and no zeroes to the right of it, where $0 \delta-\varepsilon\}$. An application is an asymptotic counting formula for lengths of closed geodesics with remainder of relative size $O(e^{-\varepsilon t})$.

The key ingredient of the proof is a Fourier decay bound for the Patterson-Sullivan measure on the limit set. This bound relies on the nonlinearity of the transformations generating the corresponding group as well as bounds on exponential sums which follow from the discretized sum-product theorem. The Fourier decay bound implies a fractal uncertainty principle for the limit set, which in turn gives the gap. This talk will include an introduction to transfer operators on Schottky groups, which are used throughout the proofs.

This talk is based on joint works with Jean Bourgain and Maciej Zworski.

Can you hear the shape of a drum and deformational spectral rigidity of convex axis-symmetric planar domains.

When: Thu, October 19, 2017 - 2:00pm
Where: Kirwan Hall 1311
Speaker: Vadim Kaloshin (UMD) - https://www.math.umd.edu/~vkaloshi/
Abstract: M. Kac popularized the question 'Can you hear the shape of a drum?'. Mathematically, consider a bounded planar domain $\Omega$ and
the associated Dirichlet problem
\Delta u+\lambda^2 u=0, u|_{\partial \Omega}=0.
The set of $\lambda$’s such that this equation has a solution, denoted
$\mathcal L(\Omega)$ is called the Laplace spectrum of $\Omega$.
Does Laplace spectrum determines $\Omega$? In general, the answer is negative.

Consider the billiard problem inside $\Omega$. Call the length spectrum the closure
of the set of perimeters of all periodic orbits of the billiard. Due to deep properties of
the wave trace function, generically, the Laplace spectrum determines the length
spectrum. In the space of strictly convex axis-symmetric domains we shall discuss
Sarnak's question whether one can deform such a domain without changing
its spectrum. This is based joint works with J. De Simoi, A. Figalli and Q. Wei.


When: Thu, October 26, 2017 - 2:00pm
Where: Kirwan Hall 1311
Speaker: Alex Blumenthal (UMD) - http://math.umd.edu/~alexb123/

Statistical properties of the Standard map with increasing coefficient

When: Thu, November 2, 2017 - 2:00pm
Where: Kirwan Hall 1311
Speaker: Alex Blumenthal (UMD) - http://math.umd.edu/~alexb123/
Abstract: The Chirikov standard map $F_L$ is a prototypical example of a one-parameter family of volume-preserving maps for which one anticipates chaotic behavior on a non-negligible (positive-volume) subset of phase space for a large set of parameters. Analysis in this direction is notoriously difficult, and it remains an open question whether this chaotic region, the stochastic sea, has positive Lebesgue measure for any value of L.

I will discuss two related results on a more tractable version of this problem. The first is a kind of ‘finite-time mixing estimate, indicating that for large L and on a suitable timescale, the map $F_L$ is strongly mixing. The second pertains to statistical properties of compositions of standard maps with increasing parameter L: when the parameter L increases at a sufficiently fast polynomial rate, we obtain asymptotic decay of correlations estimates, a Strong Law, and a CLT, all for Holder observables.

On Siegel's question and density of collisions in the Restricted Planar Circular Three Body Problem - UNUSAL DATE

When: Tue, November 7, 2017 - 2:00pm
Where: Kirwan Hall 1308
Speaker: Jianlu Zhang (UMD) -
Abstract: For the Restricted Circular Planar 3-Body Problem, we show that there exists a full dimensional open set $U$ in phase space independent of the mass ratio $\mu$, where the set of initial points which lead to collision is $O(\mu ^{1/20} )$ dense as $\mu \rightarrow 0$.

Homoclinic points for geodesic flows and billiards

When: Thu, November 9, 2017 - 2:00pm
Where: Kirwan Hall 1311
Speaker: Zhihong Jeff Xia (Northwestern) - http://www.math.northwestern.edu/~xia/
Abstract: It is believed and conjectured that, for a typical Hamiltonian system, every hyperbolic periodic point has a homoclinic point. This is indeed the case in many situations. However, for geodesic flow and billiards, the usual perturbation techniques are no longer available, since there is no local perturbation. We will show that for geodesic flows on two-sphere and for convex billiards, it is still true. The proof uses prime ends and relies more on global analysis of stable and unstable manifolds, rather than perturbation techniques.

Asymptotic behavior of Markov operator corresponding to non-expanding piecewise linear maps

When: Thu, November 16, 2017 - 2:00pm
Where: Kirwan Hall 1311
Speaker: Fumihiko Nakamura (Hokkaido University ) -
Abstract: The non-expanding piecewise linear map, known as the Nagumo-Sato (NS)
model, is described as $S_{\alpha,\beta}(x)=\alpha x+\beta ({\rm
mod} 1)$, where $0

Poisson boundary of random walks on free semigroups

When: Thu, November 30, 2017 - 2:00pm
Where: Kirwan Hall 1311
Speaker: Behrang Forghani (University of Connecticut) - https://sites.google.com/site/behrangforghani/
Abstract: In early 60, Furstenberg employed the theory of Poisson boundary of random walks on groups to obtain several fundamental rigidity results for lattices in Lie groups. One of the main questions in the theory of random walks on groups is how to describe the Poisson boundary of a concrete random walk on a concrete group. In particular, for an arbitrary random walk on a finitely generated free group, it is conjectured that the space of infinite irreducible words equipped with the hitting measure is the Poisson boundary.

The conjecture has been solved by Dynkin-Maljutov for a first neighborhood random walk, by Derriennic for a finitely supported random walk, and by Kaimanovich for a random walk whose both entropy and logarithmic moment are finite.

Although the study of random walks on free semigroups is less arduous than the one of free groups, the conjecture remains unsolved for arbitrary random walks on free semigroups. In this talk, I will show the conjecture holds whenever the random walk on a free semigroup has finite entropy or finite logarithmic moment or finite w-logarithmic moment for some finite words. This talk is based on a joint work with Giulio Tiozzo from the University of Toronto.

Disjointness criterion for parabolic flows

When: Thu, January 25, 2018 - 2:00pm
Where: Kirwan Hall 1311
Speaker: Adam Kanigowski (Penn State) -
Abstract: We will state a general disjointness criterion for two ergodic systems. We will then show how this criterion can be used to study disjointness in the class of parabolic systems such as unipotent flows and their time changes, nil-flows and their time-changes, smooth surface flows.

Invariant Random Subgroups of Full Groups of Bratteli diagrams

When: Thu, February 15, 2018 - 2:00pm
Where: Kirwan Hall 1311
Speaker: Kostya Medynets (Naval Academy) - https://www.usna.edu/Users/math/medynets/index.php
Abstract: In the talk, we will classify the ergodic invariant random subgroups (IRS) of simple AF full groups. AF full groups arise as the transformation groups of Bratteli diagrams that preserve the cofinality of infinite paths in the diagram. AF full groups are complete (algebraic) invariants for the isomorphism of Bratteli diagrams. Given a simple AF full group G, we will prove that every ergodic IRS of G arises as the stabilizer distribution of a diagonal action on X^n for some n, where X is the path-space of the Bratteli diagram associated to G. This is joint work with Artem Dudko.

Stochastic properties of the Z^2-periodic Sinai billiard

When: Thu, February 22, 2018 - 2:00pm
Where: Kirwan Hall 1311
Speaker: (Francoise Pene) - http://lmba.math.univ-brest.fr/perso/francoise.pene/
Abstract: We study stochastic properties of the Z^2-periodic Sinai billiard (recurrence, ergodicity, mixing, decorrelation, limit theorems).


When: Thu, March 1, 2018 - 2:00pm
Where: Kirwan Hall 1311
Speaker: Diana Davis (Swarthmore College) - http://www.swarthmore.edu/NatSci/ddavis3/
Abstract: TBA


When: Thu, March 8, 2018 - 2:00pm
Where: Kirwan Hall 1311
Speaker: Scott Schmieding (Northwestern) -
Abstract: TBA

I. Overview of my work on the N-body problem, II. Metric Approach to McGehee blow-up and Marchall's lemma.

When: Thu, March 29, 2018 - 2:00pm
Where: Kirwan Hall 1311
Speaker: Richard Montgomery (UC Santa Cruz) - https://people.ucsc.edu/~rmont/
Abstract: TBA


When: Thu, April 26, 2018 - 2:00pm
Where: Kirwan Hall 1311
Speaker: E. Arthur Robinson (George Washington University) - https://blogs.gwu.edu/robinson/
Abstract: TBA