Emmanuel Breuillard

University of Cambridge University of Cambridge

Approximate lattices and quasi-crystals

Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems Seminar

17th June 2021, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Online, Zoom

Aperiodic tilings of the plane such as the Penrose tiling are instances of discrete approximate subgroups of R^2. These Euclidean quasi-crystals were studied by Yves Meyer in the seventies and proved to arise from periodic tilings of a bigger space by the familiar cut-and-project construction. In this talk I will discuss tilings of other non-Euclidean geometries, especially those arising from symmetric spaces of non-compact type. I will survey recent advances establishing super-rigidity and arithmeticity theorems for approximate lattices that directly generalize the Mostow-Margulis theorems.

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