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Hot Topics: Thin Groups and Super-strong Approximation
February 06, 2012 - February 10, 2012
February 06, 2012 over 1 year ago
To apply for Funding you must register by:
November 15, 2011 over 1 year ago
Emmanuel Breuillard* (Universite Paris-Sud, Orsay), Alexander Gamburd (CUNY Graduate Center), Jordan Ellenberg (University of Wisconsin - Madison), Emmanuel Kowalski (ETH Zurich), Hee Oh (Brown University)
Speaker(s)Jean Bourgain, Jordan Ellenberg, Elena Fuchs, Alexander Gamburd, Emmanuel Kowalski, Alexander Lubotzky, Curtis McMullen, Hee Oh (Brown University), Gopal Prasad, Laci Pyber, Andrei Rapinchuk, Igor Rivin, Alireza Salehi Golsefidy (University of California), Peter Sarnak, Anna Wienhard (Princeton University)Description
The workshop will focus on recent developments concerning various quantitative aspects of "thin groups". These are discrete subgroups of semisimple Lie groups which are both « big » (i.e. Zariski dense) and « small » (i.e. of infinite co-volume). This dual nature leads to many intricate questions. Over the past few years, many new ideas and techniques, arising in particular from arithmetic combinatorics, have been involved in the study of such groups, leading for instance to far-reaching generalizations of the strong approximation theorem in which congruence quotients are shown to exhibit a spectral gap (super-strong approximation).
Simultaneously and sometimes surprisingly, the study of thin groups turns out to be of fundamental importance in a variety of subjects, including equidistribution of homogeneous flows and lattice points counting problems, dynamics on Teichmuller space, the Bourgain-Gamburd-Sarnak sieve in orbit, and arithmetic or geometric properties of certain types of monodromy groups and coverings. The workshop will gather a variety of experts from group theory, number theory, ergodic theory and harmonic analysis to present the accomplishments to date to a broad audience and discuss directions for further study.
Scheduled Speakers: 2-hour introductory mini-courses by: E. Breuillard J. Ellenberg A. Gamburd E. Kowalski H. Oh
1-hour talks by: J. Bourgain E. Fuchs A. Kontorovich A. Mohammadi C. McMullen G. Prasad L. Pyber A. Rapinchuk I. Rivin A. Salehi-Golsefidy
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To apply for funding, you must register by the funding application deadline displayed above.
Students, recent Ph.D.'s, women, and members of underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Funding awards are typically made 6 weeks before the workshop begins. Requests received after the funding deadline are considered only if additional funds become available.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Rose Garden Inn. Reservations may be made by calling 1-800-992-9005 OR directly on their website. Click on Corporate at the bottom of the screen and when prompted enter code MATH (this code is not case sensitive). By using this code a new calendar will appear and will show MSRI rate on all room types available.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hotel Durant. Reservations may be made by calling 1-800-238-7268. When making reservations, guests must request the MSRI preferred rate. If you are making your reservations on line, please go to this link and enter the promo/corporate code MSRI123. Our preferred rate is $129 per night for a Deluxe Queen/King, based on availability.