Dynamical Sytems Seminar-Geodesics and horocycles on a surface of constant negative curvature; the geodesic and horocycle flows.

Title Geodesics and horocycles on a surface of constant negative curvature; the geodesic and horocycle flows.
Speaker: Robbie Robinson & possibly some participants 
Date and Time: Friday, October 12, 9:00–10:00am
Place:  Rome 771

Abstract:The geodesic flow (for a compact hyperbolic surface) is an Anosov flow. In particular it has a Markov partition and positive topological entropy (so it is rather chaotic). The horocycle flow is minimal and uniquely ergodic. It has entropy zero (so not especially chaotic), yet is strongly mixing and even has Lebesgue spectrum. The geodesic and horocycle flows satisfy a famous commutation relation h^(s e^t) g^t = g^t h^s. Come find out what all this means (or at least I will begin to explain…to be continued later).