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Rigidity, complexity and unipotent actions

[CANCELLED] Special Colloquium

Rigidity, complexity and unipotent actions
Series: Special Colloquium
Location: MATH 402
Presenter: Daren Wei, Einstein Institute of Mathematics at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Unipotent flows have some striking rigidity properties: for instance, every orbit is recurrent, and every orbit closure as well as every invariant measure is homogeneous. In particular, the isomorphism rigidity theorem tells us that a measurable isomorphism between two flows in the class of unipotent flows on quotients of semisimple groups implies an algebraic isomorphism between their corresponding groups and lattices. Moreover, such systems always have zero entropy and thus they cannot be distinguished by classical entropy invariants.

We extend the isomorphism rigidity for unipotent flows to its time changes. More precisely, one parameter unipotent flows on quotients of semisimple groups fall into two categories: 1. unipotent flows that are time changes of linear irrational flows on T^2 and hence are all time changes of each other; 2. The measurable isomorphism between their time changes implies the much stronger (algebraic) equivalence as above. We also show that the complexity of time changes of unipotent flows can be described explicitly in terms of the corresponding adjoint action, and associated Jordan block-like structures. Moreover, this is also true for the complexity of high rank abelian unipotent actions.

This is based on joint works with Adam Kanigowski, Philipp Kunde, Elon Lindenstrauss and Kurt Vinhage.

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