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Number Theory Seminar
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 16:00 to 17:00
Graf 307

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A hyperbolic 2x2 matrix of determinant one whose entries lie in a field is called "special" if its eigenvalues lie in the field. (Generically, such eigenvalues lie in a quadratic extension.)  We exhibit examples of special matrices that correspond to "pseudo Anosov" diffeomorphisms on "flat" surfaces.  These diffeomorphisms are also special: they define "stable flow directions" whose dynamics are special.  In particular, the "Sah-Arnoux-Fathi invariant" vanishes for these flows.   I will sketch the motivating dynamics, and focus on number theoretic considerations.   The results are joint work with K. Calta.