Introduction to Ratner's Theorems on Unipotent Flows
Introductory Workshop: Geometric and Arithmetic Aspects of Homogeneous Dynamics February 02, 2015 - February 06, 2015
Location: MSRI: Simons Auditorium
Let f be the obvious covering map from Euclidean n-space to the n-torus. It is well known that if L is any straight line in n-space, then the closure of f(L) is a very nice submanifold of the n-torus. In 1990, Marina Ratner proved a beautiful generalization of this observation that replaces Euclidean space with any Lie group G, and allows L to be any subgroup of G that is ``unipotent.'' We will discuss the statement of this theorem and related results, some of the ideas in the proofs, and a few of the important consequences.
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