Dr. Yair Hartman

Course topics

The general question that leads the course is: what can we deduce about a group when studying random walks on it.

Stationary dynamics is a branch of Ergodic theory that focuses on measurable group actions arising from random walks. The main object studied is the Furstenberg-Poisson boundary.

Applications of the theory can be found in rigidity theory, and recently connections with operator theory have been established

  • Brief introduction to Ergodic theory: Borel spaces, factors, compact models. Probability measure preserving actions and measure class preserving actions. Stationary measures.
  • Random Walks: Markov chains, Martingale convergence theorem, Random walks on groups, Furstenberg-Poisson boundary. Choquet-Deny theorem, amenable groups. Entropy. Realization of the Furstenberg Poisson boundary.
  • Applications to Rigidity: Margulis’ Normal Subgroup Theorem, and Bader-Shalom’s theorem (IRS rigidity).

University course catalogue: 201.2.5461