Tel Aviv University 
Hello everyone,
The next colloquium talk will be held on Monday, 16/1/2012, 12:15, Schreiber
006, Tel Aviv University. The speaker is
    Albert Fathi (ENS Lyon, France)
and the title of his talk is
    Lyapunov Functions: Towards an Aubry-Mather theory for homeomorphisms?
The abstract is given below. Tea and coffee at 12:00, same room.
Hope to see you there. For information about future colloqiua, see
You are all welcome to suggest colloquium speakers for the second semester,
and also for January 30th.
Abstract: This is a joint work with Pierre Pageault. For a homeomorphism h
of a compact space, a Lyapunov function is a real valued function that is
non-increasing along orbits for h. By looking at simple dynamical systems
(=homeomorphisms) on the circle, we will see that there are systems which
are topologically conjugate and have Lyapunov functions with various
regularity. This will lead us to define barriers analogous to the well known
Peierls barrier or to the Mane potential in Lagrangian systems. That will
produce by analogy to Mather's theory of Lagrangian Systems an Aubry set
which is the generalized recurrence set introduced in the 60's by Joe
Auslander (via transfinite induction) and a Mane set which is essentially
Conley's chain recurrent set.
Technion Math Net-2 (TECHMATH2)
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