PSU Mark
Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

Meeting Details

For more information about this meeting, contact Dmitri Burago, John Roe.

Title:Bi-invariant metrics on groups and topological complexity of diffeomorphisms
Seminar:Geometry Luncheon Seminar
Speaker:Sergei Ivanov, Steklov Institute
Abstract:
I will present a number of elementary formulated and highly intriguing problems that can be summarized as follows: which groups admit nontrivial bi-invariant metrics (or, equivalently, conjugation-invariant norms) on them? This question makes sense in a variety of contexts, from finitely generated groups to groups of diffeomorphisms. In the latter case, the question boils down to the study of a particular "complexity" norm of a diffeomorphism.

Room Reservation Information

Room Number:MB114
Date:11 / 17 / 2010
Time:12:15pm - 01:30pm