Forthcoming events in this series


Tue, 05 Jun 2007
17:00
L1

The beginning of the Atlas of self-similar groups

Prof. R. Grigorchuk
(Texas A&M)
Abstract
 

We will speak about the problem of classification of self-similar groups. The

main focus will be on groups generated by three-state  automata over an

alphabet on two letters. Numerous examples will be presented, as well as some

results concerning this class of groups.

 

Tue, 29 May 2007
17:00
L1

Anosov diiffeomorphisms and strongly hyperbolic elements in arithmetic subgroups of SL_n(R)

Dr. Ben Klposch
(Royal Holloway)
Abstract
 

I will talk about some ongoing work, motivated by a long standing problem in

the theory of dynamical systems. In particular, I will explain how p-adic

methods lead to the construction of elements in SL_n(Z) whose eigenvalues e_1,

., e_n generate a free abelian subgroup of rank n-1 in the multiplicative group

of positive real numbers. This is a special instance of a more general theorem,

asserting the existence of strongly hyperbolic elements in arithmetic subgroups

of SL_n(R).

 

Tue, 15 May 2007
17:00
L1

TBA

Tue, 08 May 2007
17:00
L1

Cluster algebra structures on co-ordinate ring of flag varieties

Prof. Bernard Leclerc
(Caen)
Abstract
  Let G be a complex semisimple algebraic group of type A,D,E. Fomin and Zelevinsky conjecture that the coordinate rings of many interesting varieties attached to G have a natural cluster algebra structure. In a joint work with C. Geiss and J. Schroer we realize part of this program by introducing a cluster structure on the multi-homogeneous coordinate ring of G/P for any parabolic subgroup P of G. This was previously known only for P = B a Borel (Berenstein-Fomin-Zelevinsky) and when G/P is a grassmannian Gr(k,n) (J. Scott). We give a classification of all pairs (G,P) for which this cluster algebra has finite type. Our construction relies on a finite-dimensional algebra attached to G, the preprojective algebra introduced in 1979 by Gelfand and Ponomarev. We use the fact that the coordinate ring of the unipotent radical of P is "categorified" in a natural way by a certain subcategory of the module category of the preprojective algebra.  
Tue, 27 Feb 2007
17:00
L1

Spectra of Groups

Professor Andrzej Zuk
(Paris & Newton Inst.)
Tue, 31 Oct 2006
17:00
L1

Phan theory

Prof. S. Shpectorov
(University of Birmingham)