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Berkeley Math Dept. Colloquiua: Zimmer's conjecture: subexponential growth, measure rigidity and strong property (T) August 25, 2016 (04:10 PM PDT - 05:00 PM PDT)
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Location: 60 Evans Hall UC Berkeley (in the basement)
Speaker(s) David Fisher (Indiana University)
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Lattices in higher rank simple Lie groups, like SL(n,R) for n>2, are known to be extremely rigid.  Examples of this are Margulis' superrigidity theorem, which shows they have very few linear representations, and Margulis' arithmeticity theorem, which shows they are all constructed via number theory.  Motivated by these and other results, in 1983 Zimmer made a number of conjectures about actions of these groups on compact manifolds.  After providing some history and motivation, I will discuss a very recent result, proving many cases of the main conjecture. While avoiding technical matters, I will try to describe some of the novel flavor of the proof. The proof has many surprising features, including that it uses hyperbolic dynamics to prove an essentially elliptic result and that it uses results on homogeneous dynamics, including Ratner's measure classification theorem, to prove results about inhomogeneous  system. This is joint work with Aaron Brown and Sebastian Hurtado. 

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