Event time:

Monday, November 28, 2022 - 4:00pm

Speaker:

Simon Machado

Speaker affiliation:

IAS

Event description:

Approximate lattices in locally compact groups are approximate subgroups that are discrete and have finite co-volume. They provide natural examples of objects at the intersection of the theory of discrete subgroups of Lie groups, ergodic theory and additive combinatorics.

A central question arising from seminal work of Yves Meyer asks whether approximate lattices have an arithmetic origin. I will present a complete structure theorem for approximate lattices in linear algebraic groups in terms of bounded cohomology that, in particular, answers this question. I will pinpoint key instances where the interplay between additive combinatorics and other fields - e.g. ergodic theory and algebraic groups - is particularly fruitful.