Natalia Jurga

University of St Andrews

Cover times in dynamical systems

Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems Seminar
17th November 2022, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Fry Building, G06 *notice unusual location*

Let $f:I \mapsto I$ be a map of an interval equipped with an ergodic measure $\mu$. In this talk we will introduce and discuss the cover time of the system $(f,\mu)$. Roughly speaking this describes the asymptotic rate at which orbits become dense in the state space $I$, that is, what is the expected amount of time one has to wait for an orbit to reach a given density in the state space. We will discuss how one can combine probabilistic tools and operator theoretic methods in order to estimate the expected cover time in terms of the local scaling properties of the measure $\mu$. This is based on joint work with Mike Todd.