Ergodic theorems along trees

Speaker: Anush Tserunyan

Date: Thu, Mar 11, 2021

Location: Zoom, Online

Conference: Pacific Dynamics Seminar

Subject: Mathematics

Class: Scientific


In the classical pointwise ergodic theorem for a probability measure preserving (pmp) transformation $T$, one takes averages of a given integrable function over the intervals $\{x, T(x), T^2(x), \hdots, T^n(x)\}$ in the forward orbit of the point $x$. In joint work with Jenna Zomback, we prove a “backward” ergodic theorem for a countable-to-one pmp $T$, where the averages are taken over subtrees of the graph of $T$ that are rooted at $x$ and lie behind $x$ (in the direction of $T^{-1}$). Surprisingly, this theorem yields (forward) ergodic theorems for countable groups, in particular, one for pmp actions of free groups of finite rank where the averages are taken along subtrees of the standard Cayley graph rooted at the identity. For free group actions, this strengthens the best known result in this vein due to Bufetov (2000). After reviewing the subject history and discussing the statements of our theorems in the first half of the talk, we will highlight some ingredients of proofs in the second half.