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Ferran Valdez


Speaker: Ferran Valdez
Title: Polygonal Billiards, Veech Groups and the Loch Ness Monster
Affiliation: UNAM, Morelia, Mexico
Date: Friday, October 21, 2011
Place and Time: Room 101, Love Building, 3:35-4:30 pm
Refreshments: Room 204, Love Building, 3:00 pm

Abstract. Veech groups are matrix groups that can tell when a polygonal billiard table has 'optimal dynamical properties'. In this talk we present the connection between these objects and the infinite genus surface with one end a.k.a. the Loch Ness Monster.