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Number Theory Seminar

Classification and statistics of cut-and-project sets

Yotam Smilansky (Rutgers University)

Location:  zoom
Date & time: Tuesday, 26 January 2021 at 2:00PM - 3:00PM

Abstract: Cut-and-project point sets are constructed by identifying a strip of a fixed n-dimensional lattice (the "cut"), and projecting the lattice points in that strip to a d-dimensional subspace (the "project”), and are a well-studied model of aperiodic order. Dynamical results concerning the translation action on the hull of a cut-and-project set are known to shed light on certain properties of the point set itself, but what happens when instead of restricting to translations we consider all volume preserving linear actions?

 A homogenous space of cut-and-project sets is defined by fixing a cut-and-project construction and varying the n-dimensional grid according to an ASL(d,R) action. In the talk, which is based on joint work with René Rühr and Barak Weiss (, I will discuss this construction and introduce the class of Ratner-Marklof-Strömbergsson measures, which are probability measures supported on cut-and-project spaces that are invariant and ergodic for the group action. A classification of these measures is described in terms of data of algebraic groups, and is used to prove analogues of results about a Siegel summation formula and identities and bounds involving higher moments. These in turn imply results about asymptotics, with error estimates, of point-counting and patch-counting statistics for typical cut-and-project sets.

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