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Ergodic Theory & Dynamical Systems Seminar 2009-10

Autumn Term 2009/2010


These will take place on Tuesdays at 2:00pm in B3.02 (unless otherwise indicated) in the Mathematics Institute.

For further information about Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems Seminars,
contact one of the organisers: Charlene Kalle, or Davoud Cheraghi. GO TO TERM 3

Term I

  • 29th September 2009
    Mike Field (Houston)
    Exponential mixing for Hyperbolic flows
  • 13th October 2009
    Kenneth Falconer (St. Andrews)
    Self-affine fractals and multifractals
  • 20th October 2009
    Davoud Cheraghi (Warwick)
    Typical trajectories of quadratic polynomials with positive area Julia sets
  • 27th October 2009
    Anders Öberg (Uppsala)
    Uniqueness and mixing rates for g-measure
  • 3rd November 2009
    Thomas Kempton (Warwick)
    Factors of Gibbs measures for subshifts of finite type
  • 10th November 2009
    Charlene Kalle (Warwick)
    β-expansions and multiple tilings

    • 17th November 2009
      Alastair Fletcher (Warwick)
      Quasiregular dynamics

    • 24th November 2009
      Jean-Marc Gambaudo (Nice - Sophia Antipolis)
      On the stability of quasicrystals

      • 1st December 2009
        Philip Rippon (Open)
        Boundaries of escaping Fatou components of transcendental entire functions
      • 8th December 2009
        Freddie Exall (Liverpool)

      Term II

      • 12th January 2010
        Carlangelo Liverani (Roma Tor Vergata)
        Some rigorous results in linear response theory

        This week the seminar will be in Room B3.01.

        • 19th January 2010
          Richard Sharp (Manchester)
          Length spectra of negatively curved manifolds
        • 26th January 2010
          Lasse Rempe (Liverpool)
          Measurable dynamics of transcendental functions 
        • 2nd February 2010
          Henk Bruin (Surrey)
          On the dynamics of subtractive algorithms


        Abstract: There are various algorithms used to give simultaneous approximations of d
        irrationalsby d rationals with common denominators. The Jacobi-Perron algorithm is
        the bestknown example of such a continued fraction algorithm in higher dimensions,
        but similar algorithms emerge from different applications too.
        In this talk (based on work in progress with Robbert Fokkink and Cor Kraaikamp, Delft)
        I want to describe a general class, called substractive algorithms by Schweiger,
        and discuss their asymptotics and Lebesgue ergodic properties.
        The existence of infinite \sigma-finite absolutely continuous measures is known
        for some cases (basically coinciding with the cases for which a Markov partition
        is known to exist), but there are good reasons to believe that \sigma-finite acims
        occur in all conservative cases.
        • 9th February 2010
          Gwyneth Stallard (Open university)
          Dimensions of escaping sets of transcendental entire functions
        • 16th February 2010
          Sara Munday (St-Andrews)
          An introduction to \alpha-Farey-Luroth and \alpha-Luroth systems and
          some strong renewal results

        • 23th February 2010
          Andy Ferguson (Warwick)
          Escape rates for Gibbs measure

        Abstract: In this talk I will present a result relating to the convergence of the spectral radius of a singularly perturbed transfer operator.
        I will then discuss applications to the convergence of escape rates and topological pressure for subshifts of finite type.
        This is joint work with Mark Pollicott.

        • 2nd March 2010
          Edward Crane (University of Bristol)
          The Simple Harmonic Urn

        Abstract: Urn models have a long history as thought experiments in statistical physics and biology, the best-known examples being
        Polya's urn and the Ehrenfest urn. The behaviour of generalized Polya urns is well understood in the strictly positive case, where the
        asymptotic behaviour depends on the spectrum of the reinforcement matrix. A morerecent example is the OK Corral model, a
        two-colour urn model with negative eigenvalues, analysed by Kingman and Volkov by coupling with a pair of independent death
        processes. In this talk we present a two-colour urn model with complex eigenvalues, which we call the simple harmonic urn.
        We analyse it with a similar coupling method, revealing a connection with the renewal process with uniform interarrival times.
        In passing we prove new sharp results about the uniform renewal process, essentially giving a sharp estimate of exponential decay
        of correlations for a system induced from a shift space. Exact expressions for the transition probabilities involve the Eulerian numbers,
        which count permutations with a specified number of descents. We show that the simple harmonic urn is transient, but only barely
        - after a slight modification it becomes recurrent. This is neatly illustrated by a percolation model whose directed paths provide a
        coupling of many instances of the simple harmonicurn and whose planar dual encodes the modification. Time permitting, we will
        discuss two embeddings of the simple harmonic urn model in stationary processes and describe some open questions.

        • 9th March 2010
          Toby Hall (Liverpool.)
          Paper surfaces and dynamical limits

        Abstract: A paper surface is one which is obtained by making identifications along the sides of polygons in the plane: the difference
        from the usual construction of surfaces is that the identifications can becarried out along infinitely many arcs in the boundaries of the
        polygons. I will discuss the topological, metric, and complex structures of paper surfaces, and explain their relevance in taking limits
        of sequences of two-dimensional dynamical systems. This is joint work with Andre de Carvalho (Sao Paulo).

        • 16th March 2010
          Hirojuki Inou (Kyoto)
          Similarities in parameter spaces

        Abstract: It is well-known that (the boundary of) the Mandelbrot set is self-similar. By computer pictures of families of cubic
        polynomials, you can easily see much more complicated structures. For example, quadratic Julia sets and the Mandelbrot
        set are homeomorphically (or even quasiconformally) embedded into some one-parameter families of cubic polynomials.
        I will summarize known results on such similarities and related results. I will also present some works in progress and conjectures.

        Term III

        • 28th April 2010
          Renaud Leplaideur (Université de Brest)
          Selection of Maximizing Measure at Temperature Zero in the Shift
          This week the seminar will be on Wednesday at 2pm in Room MS.04.
        • 11th May 2010
          Matthew Nicol (University of Houston)
          A Borel-Cantelli Lemma For Non-uniformly Expanding Dynamical Systems
        • 18th May 2010
          Jaime Sanchez (Warwick)
          Shape theory in the realm of dynamical systems
        • 25th May 2010
          Corinna Ulcigrai (University of Bristol)
          Interval exchanges techniques to prove mixing properties of area preserving flows
        • 1st June 2010
          Name (Univ)
        • 8th June 2010
          Mark Pollicott (Warwick)
          Dynamical zeta functions: a miscellany
        • 15th June 2010
          Yongcheng Yin (Fudan University (China))
          On bounded Fatou components for polynomials

        Abstract: In this talk, we consider the local connectivity of the boundary of bounded Fatou components and Julia sets for polynomials.
        We prove that (1) if U is an attracting or a parabolic bounded Fatou component, then its boundary is locally connected;
        (2) if z is not prperiodic and its omega limit set intersects with the boundary of an attracting or a parabolic bounded Fatou component,
        then the Julia set is locally connected at z.
        This is a joint work with Pascale Roesch.

        • 22nd June 2010
          Andras Mathe (Warwick)
          Geometric properties of self-similar sets and measures

          Abstract: Let K be a self-similar set in a Euclidean space (satisfying the strong separation condition). I will study the
          intersection of K with its similar copy g(K). It turns out that this intersection has positive measure if and only if its relative
          interior in K is non-empty. Here "measure" is either the Hausdorff measure or any self-similar measure of K. I will also
          give necessary algebraic conditions for those maps g for which the intersection of K and g(K) is of positive measure.
          Most of the results generalize to self-conformal sets (attractors of IFS of smooth conformal maps), endowed with a
          Gibbs measure. I will also mention some open problems. (Based on joint work with M. Elekes and T. Keleti.)

        • 29th June 2010
          Tom Sharland (Warwick)
          Clustering and the mating of quadratic polynomials

        Abstract: Let F be a quadratic rational map on the Riemann sphere. Suppose that a subcollection of the critical orbit Fatou
        components meet at a periodic point c. We then call c a cluster point for the map F. I will discuss how maps with cluster
        points arise naturally as the result of matings of polynomials and what we can say about the properties of the polynomials
        that create clustering under mating, including some results using the language of symbolic dynamics of quadratic polynomials.
        I will also describe how, for periods one and two, a very simple set of combinatorial data completely defines a rational map
        up to a M\"obius transformation. If there is time, I will discuss how these results generalise in the case that F is a bicritical
        rational map of degree d and the difficulties one encounters when dealing with cluster cycles of periods 3 or greater.