Symplectic Dynamics/Geometry Seminar

Barcodes and $C^0$ symplectic topology

Sobhan Seyfaddini
ENS Paris
December 17, 2018
Hamiltonian homeomorphisms are those homeomorphisms of a symplectic manifold which can be written as uniform limits of Hamiltonian diffeomorphisms. One difficulty in studying Hamiltonian homeomorphisms (particularly in dimensions greater than two) has been that we possess fewer tools for studying them. For example, (filtered) Floer homology, which has been a very effective tool for studying Hamiltonian diffeomorphisms, is not well-defined for homeomorphisms.

Mean action of periodic orbits of area-preserving annulus diffeomorphisms

Morgan Weiler
University of California, Berkeley
December 3, 2018
An area-preserving diffeomorphism of an annulus has an "action function" which measures how the diffeomorphism distorts curves. The average value of the action function over the annulus is known as the Calabi invariant of the diffeomorphism, while the average value of the action function over a periodic orbit of the diffeomorphism is the mean action of the orbit.

Lyapunov exponents for small random perturbations of predominantly hyperbolic two dimensional volume-preserving diffeomorphisms, including the Standard Map

Alex Blumenthal
University of Maryland
November 19, 2018
An outstanding problem in smooth ergodic theory is the estimation from below of Lyapunov exponents for maps which exhibit hyperbolicity on a large but non- invariant subset of phase space. It is notoriously difficult to show that Lypaunov exponents actually reflect the predominant hyperbolicity in the system, due to cancellations caused by the“switching” of stable and unstable directions in those parts of phase space where hyperbolicity is violated.