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Wednesday, December 4, 2013 — 4:00 PM EST

Elena Fuchs, University of California, Berkeley

"Thin groups: arithmetic and beyond"

In 1643, Rene Descartes discovered a formula relating curvatures of circles in Apollonian circle packings, constructed by Apollonius of Perga in 200 BC.  This formula has recently led to a connection between the construction of Apollonius and orbits of a certain so-called thin subgroup G of GL_4(Z).  This connection is key in recent results on the arithmetic of Apollonian packings, which I will describe in this talk.  A crucial ingredient in the proofs is the spectral gap coming from families of expander graphs associated to G -- this gap is far less understood in the case of thin groups than that of non-thin groups.  Motivated by this problem, I will then discuss the ubiquity of thin groups and present results on thinness of monodromy groups of hypergeometric equations in the case where these groups act on hyperbolic space.

Refreshments will be served in MC 5046 at 3:30 pm.

Location 
MC - Mathematics & Computer Building
2034
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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