Topology & Geometric Group Theory Seminar

Spring 2008

Tuesday, March 11, 3:00 - 4:00, Rockefeller 104

Alireza Golsefidy, Princeton University

Translates of horospherical measures and counting problems

(Joint with A. Mohammadi.) In this talk, I will briefly explain the relation between some of the counting problems, mixing, and ergodic theory. The counting problems might be of a geometric or number theoretic nature.

For instance consider V=G/H a homogeneous variety, and one would like to study the integer or rational points on V.  Eskin, Mozes, and Shah attacked this problem via unipotent flows. However they had to assume that H is maximal, reductive and not inside any parabolic subgroup of G. I will explain an ergodic theoretic approach toward such problem for a flag variety.

For a geometric example, consider SL(n,Z)-translates of a horosphere in the symmetric space of SL(n,R). The question is how many of them intersect a ball of radius R. In fact, Eskin and McMullen answered this question for n=2, using mixing. I will explain why mixing is not enough and how one can get such a result for any n.

I will show that the main ingredient for both of the mentioned questions is understanding the limits of translates of horospherical measures, i.e. the probability measures supported on U SL(n,Z)/SL(n,Z), where U is the set of upper triangular unipotent matrices.

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