Discrete Math Seminar: Uriya First

  • Date: 03/03/2015
  • Time: 16:00
Uriya First, UBC

University of British Columbia


Spectrum in Simplicial Complexes


Ramanujan graphs are k-regular graphs admitting optimal connectivity properties (namely, optimal expanders). Infinite families of such graphs were first constructed by Lubotzky, Phillips and Sarnak in 1988 by relating the spectrum of a graph with certain representations of GL_2(Q_p). These ideas were generalized to simplical complexes by Lubotzky, Samuels and Vishne in 2005.


We will present a further generalization, showing that there is a natural way to relate spectral properties of simplicial complexes with certain representations of groups acting on their universal covers. Several results of this connection will be discussed. In particular, we strengthen the spectral properties of the complexes constructed by L-S-V. (Roughly speaking, we show that the complexes constructed by L-S-V have "optimal spectrum in all dimensions".)

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Location: ESB 4127