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Masterclass on

Randomness: classical and quantum

The University of Copenhagen

November 4 - 8, 2013

This masterclass will focus on recent development in various aspects of randomness. In particular the relation between dynamical systems in quantum unique ergodicity, scattering theory, and microlocal analysis, and the application of homogeneous dynamics to problems in kinetic theory.

The masterclass is primarily aimed at graduate students and postdocs.

Venue and dates:

The lectures will be held at the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen and is hosted by the reseach group "Geometric Analysis and Mathematical Physics". The masterclass will run from Monday, November 4th to Friday, November 8th, 2013. You can find information for short term visitors including directions to the mathematics department here.


A series of lectures will be given by:

Nalini Anantharaman (Université Paris-Sud and ENS Paris):  Entropy and localization of eigenfunctions

Abstract.  This course will start with an introduction to the Quantum Ergodicity theorem (Shnirelman theorem) and the Quantum Unique Ergodicity conjecture. On compact Riemannian manifolds of negative curvature, this conjecture predicts the asymptotic equidistribution of eigenfunctions of the laplacian, in the limit of large eigenvalues. After that, the course will be devoted to the proof of a result by Anantharaman & Nonnenmacher (2006) according to which the eigenfunctions have asymptotically large entropy. This proves, in particular, that the eigenfunctions cannot localize on sets of small dimensions - which may be considered as a step towards Quantum Unique Ergodicity. The course is intented to be enjoyable without the need of any prerequisite. However, knowledge of the following notions will help : - some basic notions of Riemannian geometry (Riemannian metric, geodesic) and symplectic geometry (symplectic form); - from the theory of dynamical systems, we will use the notion of entropy. Its definition and needed properties will be recalled; - the constructions of microlocal analysis will be defined and used as a blackbox.

Maciej Zworski (University of California, Berkeley): Microlocal approach to dynamical zeta functions

Abstract.  Dynamical zeta functions of Selberg, Smale and Ruelle are analogous to the Riemann zeta function with the product over primes replaced by products over closed orbits of Anosov flows. In 1967 Smale conjectured that these zeta functions should be meromorphic but admitted "that a positive answer would be a little shocking". Nevertheless the continuation was proved in 2012 by Giulietti-Liverani-Pollicott. In my lectures I will present a proof of this result obtained by Dyatlov and myself and inspired by a trace formula of Guillemin and by recent work of Faure-Sjöstrand. It is based on a simple idea involving wave front sets and propagation of singularities: we apply methods of microlocal analysis to the generator of the flow. The goal of the lectures is to use this problem in classical dynamics as an introduction to microlocal analysis, and in particular to results on propagation of singularities due to Duistermaat-Hörmander, Melrose and Vasy.

Jens Marklof (University of Bristol):  Kinetic limits of dynamical systems

Abstract.  Since the pioneering work of Maxwell and Boltzmann in the 1860s and 1870s, a major challenge in mathematical physics has been the derivation of macroscopic evolution equations from the fundamental microscopic laws of classical or quantum mechanics. Macroscopic transport equations lie at the heart of may important physical theories, including fluid dynamics, condensed matter theory and nuclear physics. The exercise that establishes their consistency with the fundamental laws of physics: the possibility of finding deviations and corrections to classical evolution equations makes this subject both intellectually exciting and relevant in practical applications.                  The plan of these lectures is to develop a renormalization technique that will allow us to derive transport equations for the kinetic limits of certain dynamical systems, including the Lorentz gas and kicked Hamiltonians (linked twist maps). The technique uses the ergodic theory of flows on homogeneous spaces (homogeneous flows for short), and is based on joint work with Andreas Strömbergsson, Uppsala. I will explain the basic steps of the renormalization approach, give a gentle introduction to the ergodic theory of homogeneous flows, and discuss key properties of macroscopic transposrt equations that emerge in the kinetic limit. The lectures are aimed at a broad mathematical audience.


Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri



Marklof Aud 4 Zworski Aud 6 Anantharaman Aud 4 Zworski Aud 8
12:30-13:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch


(14:15-16:00) Aud 5

Zworski Aud 5 Anantharaman Aud 6 Marklof Aud 4
15:30-16:30 16:00-17 Coffee and discussion Coffee and discussion Coffee and discussion Coffee and discussion


Nilin Abrahamsen Copenhagen University
Nalini Anantharaman Université Paris-Sud
Mikkel Brynildsen Aalborg University
Giacomo Cherubini Copenhagen University
Horia Cornean Aalborg University
Tyrone Crisp Copenhagen University
Jonas Dahlbæk Copenhagen University
Wen Deng University of Lund
Bergfinnur Durhuus Copenhagen University
Fredrik Ekström University of Lund
Flemming von Essen Copenhagen University
Søren Fournais Aarhus University
Jory Griffin University of Bristol
Heiko Gimperlein Edinburgh University
Petri Hynek KTH Stockholm
Alexei Iantchenko Malmö University
Rostyslav Kozhan KTH Stockholm
Mathias Makedonski Copenhagen University
Jens Marklof University of Bristol
Steffen Højris Pedersen Aarhus University
Tomas Persson University of Lund
Robin Reuvers Copenhagen University
Morten Risager Copenhagen University
Elmar Schroe University of Hannover
Jan Philip Solovej Copenhagen University
Anders Södergren Copenhagen University
Morten Hein Tiljeset Aarhus University
Tatyana Turova Schmeling, University of Lund
Petri Tuisku University of Helsinki
Izbassar Zaurbek University of Lund
Maciej Zworski UC Berkeley


Participants are asked to arrange their own accommodation. We recommend Hotel 9 Små Hjem, which is pleasant and inexpensive and offers rooms with a kitchen. Other inexpensive alternatives are CabInn, which has several locations in Copenhagen: the Hotel City (close to Tivoli), Hotel Scandivania (Frederiksberg, close to the lakes), and Hotel Express (Frederiksberg) are the most convenient locations; the latter two are 2.5-3 km from the math department. Somewhat more expensive - and still recommended - options are Hotel Nora and Ibsen's Hotel.

Financial support:

Participants can apply for financial support to partly cover local expenses.  If you wish to apply for support, please indicate this on the registration form. 


Those who have been promised reimbursement of expenses should fill in the reimbursement form   http://www.math.ku.dk/english/about/guestlist/reimbursement/ and send scanned copies of receipts and tickets as instructed to reimbursement@math.ku.dk


Please register by filling in the registration form. Registration will close on MONDAY, OCTOBER 21th. If you encounter problems with the registration form, please contact Morten Risager at risager@math.ku.dk.

Organised by Viviane Baladi, Bergfinnur Durhuus, Morten S. Risager, and Jan Philip Solovej (Copenhagen).