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Mathematics Colloquium

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Phase transitions in hyperbolic space
Tom Hutchcroft, Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, University of Cambridge,

Many questions in probability theory concern the way the geometry of a space influences the behaviour of random processes on that space, and in particular how the geometry of a space is affected by random perturbations. One of the simplest models of such a random perturbation is percolation, in which the edges of a graph are either deleted or retained independently at random with retention probability p. We are particularly interested in phase transitions, in which the geometry of the percolated subgraph undergoes a qualitative change as p is varied through some special value. Although percolation has traditionally been studied primarily in the context of Euclidean lattices, several new and interesting phenomena can arise when one considers more exotic geometric settings. In this talk, I will discuss conjectures and results concerning percolation on nonamenable graphs and hyperbolic spaces, and explain the main ideas behind our recent result that percolation in any hyperbolic graph has a non-trivial phase in which there are infinitely many infinite clusters.

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