Diameters, Random Walks and the Nottingham Group

28 January 2015
Henry Bradford

The Nottingham Group of a finite field is an object of great interest in profinite group theory, owing to its extreme structural properties and the relative ease with which explicit computations can be made within it. In this talk I shall explore both of these themes, before describing some new work on efficient short-word approximation in the Nottingham Group, based on the profinite Solovay-Kitaev procedure. Time permitting, I shall give an application to the dynamics of compositions of random power series.

  • Junior Topology and Group Theory Seminar