Mahler Lectures — Adelaide

Name:Mahler Lectures — Adelaide
Calendar:1-day meetings & lectures
When:Wed, August 10, 2011, 11:40 pm - Thu, August 11, 2011, 1:00 am

AMSI logo This year's Mahler Lecturer is Peter Sarnak, of Princeton University. He will be visiting various Australian universities throughout August 2011.

  • Colloquium: Wednesday 10 Aug, 13.10 (SA time), B.19 Innova21, Adelaide University.

Title: Horocycle flows at prime times


photo of Peter Sarnak, by Cliff Moore Professor Peter Sarnak grew up in South Africa and moved to the US to study at Stanford University, where he obtained his PhD in mathematics in 1980. After appointments at the Courant Institute, New York, and Stanford, he moved to Princeton in 1991 where he has been ever since. Currently he is both the Eugene Higgins Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University and Professor at the the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. In 2002, he was made a member of the National Academy of Sciences in the USA and a Fellow of the Royal Society.


The distribution of individual orbits of unipotent flows in homogeneous spaces are well understood thanks to the work of Marina Ratner. It is conjectured that this property is preserved on restricting the times from the integers to primes, this being important in the study of prime numbers as well as in such dynamics. We review progress in understanding this conjecture, starting with Dirichlet (a finite system), Vinogradov (rotation of a circle or torus), Green and Tao (translation on a nilmanifold) and Ubis and Sarnak (horocycle flows in the semisimple case).

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