Dynamical Systems Seminar

Cocycles of circle diffeomorphisms

  • Speaker: Michal Rams (IMPAN)

  • Time: Nov 7, 2022, 17:00-18:30

  • Location: Zoom ID 998 3314 2839, Passcode 832869


I will present an introduction to the world of cocycles of circle diffeomorphisms. The system is simple: given a finite family $\{f_i\}_{i=1}^n$ of $C^1$ diffeomorphisms of a circle, we consider the dynamical system $F:S^1 \times \Sigma, F(x,\xi) = (f_{\xi_0}(x), \sigma\xi)$ (where $\Sigma = \{1,\ldots,n\}^{\mathbb Z}$). In simple words, we apply the maps $f_i$ in any order we want.

Such systems can be of many types, including hyperbolic one -- but that is the boring case that I'll skip. I will concentrate on the really interesting case of robustly nonuniformly hyperbolic cocycles (that is, the set of possible Lyapunov exponents contains 0 as its interior point, and this property is preserved under small perturbations). I'll try to explain where that kind of systems comes from, what are they useful for, and what we know about them. The results presented will be from joint works with Lorenzo Diaz and Katrin Gelfert.


Prof Michal Rams currently works at Institute of Mathematics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, and is a world leading expert on ergodic theory and dynamical systems. He particular worked at a number of problems in geometric measure theory, smooth ergodic theory, et. al. He has published more than 100 papers in the leading peer-reviewed journals.