Pacific Dynamics Seminar: Ian Putnam

  • Date: 05/21/2020
  • Time: 14:00
Ian Putnam, UVic



A Bratteli-Vershik model for Z^2 actions, or how cohomology can help us make dynamical systems [video]


The Bratteli-Vershik model is a method of producing minimal actions of the integers on a Cantor set. It was given by myself, Rich Herman and Chris Skau, building on seminal ideas of Anatoly Vershik, over 30 years ago. Rather disappointingly and surprisingly, there isn't a good version for Z^2 actions. I'll report on a new outlook on the problem and recent progress with Thierry Giordano (Ottawa) and Christian Skau (Trondheim). The new outlook focuses on the model as an answer to the question: which cohomological invariants can arise from such actions? I will not assume any familiarity with either the original model or the cohomology. The first half of the talk will be a gentle introduction to the Z-case and the second half will deal with how to adapt the question to get an answer for Z^2

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