Dynamical Systems of Algebraic Origin / Edition 1

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Although the study of dynamical systems is mainly concerned with single trans­ formations and one-parameter flows (i. e. with actions of Z, N, JR, or JR+), er­ godic theory inherits from statistical mechanics not only its name, but also an obligation to analyze spatially extended systems with multi-dimensional sym­ metry groups. However, the wealth of concrete and natural examples, which has contributed so much to the appeal and development of classical dynamics, is noticeably absent in this more general theory. A remarkable exception is provided by a class of geometric actions of (discrete subgroups of) semi-simple Lie groups, which have led to the discovery of one of the most striking new phenomena in multi-dimensional ergodic theory: under suitable circumstances orbit equivalence of such actions implies not only measurable conjugacy, but the conjugating map itself has to be extremely well behaved. Some of these rigidity properties are inherited by certain abelian subgroups of these groups, but the very special nature of the actions involved does not allow any general conjectures about actions of multi-dimensional abelian groups. Beyond commuting group rotations, commuting toral automorphisms and certain other algebraic examples (cf. [39]) it is quite difficult to find non-trivial smooth Zd-actions on finite-dimensional manifolds. In addition to scarcity, these examples give rise to actions with zero entropy, since smooth Zd-actions with positive entropy cannot exist on finite-dimensional, connected manifolds. Cellular automata (i. e.

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Remedies the scarcity of explicit examples in general areas of ergodic theory by introducing a class of continuous Zd-actions diverse enough to exhibit many of the new phenomena encountered in the transition from Z to Zd, but which nevertheless lends itself to systematic study: the Zd-actions by automorphisms of compact, abelian groups. Topics include group actions by automorphisms of compact groups; Zd-actions on compact abelian groups; expansive automorphisms of compact groups; periodic points; entropy; positive entropy; zero entropy; mixing; and rigidity. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783764351748
  • Publisher: Birkhauser Basel
  • Publication date: 3/27/1995
  • Series: Progress in Mathematics Series, #128
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 0.81 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Klaus Schmidt is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Vienna, Austria.

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Table of Contents

I. Group actions by automorphisms of compact groups.- 1. Ergodicity and mixing.- 2. Expansiveness and Lie subshifts.- 3. The descending chain condition.- 4. Groups of Markov type.- II.—d-actions on compact abelian groups.- 5. The dual module.- 6. The dynamical system defined by a Noetherian module.- 7. The dynamical system defined by a point.- 8. The dynamical system defined by a prime ideal.- III. Expansive automorphisms of compact groups.- 9. Expansive automorphisms of compact connected groups.- 10. The structure of expansive automorphisms.- IV. Periodic points.- 11. Periodic points of—d-actions.- 12. Periodic points of ergodic group automorphisms.- V. Entropy.- 13. Entropy of—d-actions.- 14. Yuzvinskii’s addition formula.- 15.—d-actions on groups with zero-dimensional centres.- 16. Mahler measure.- 17. Mahler measure and entropy of group automorphisms.- 18. Mahler measure and entropy of—d-actions.- VI. Positive entropy.- 19. Positive entropy.- 20. Completely positive entropy.- 21. Entropy and periodic points.- 22. The distribution of periodic points.- 23. Bernoullicity.- VII. Zero entropy.- 24. Entropy and dimension.- 25. Shift-invariant subgroups of $$ {(\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z})sub{{{\mathbb{Z}sub2}}}} $$.- 26. Relative entropies and residual sigma-algebras.- VIII. Mixing.- 27. Multiple mixing and additive relations in fields.- 28. Masser’s theorem and non-mixing sets.- IX. Rigidity.- 29. Almost minimal—d-actions and invariant measures.- 30. Cohomological rigidity.- 31. Isomorphism rigidity.

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