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LIE GROUPS, REPRESENTATIONS AND DISCRETE MATH | |

Topic: | Relative Property T in Lie Groups and their Lattices |

Speaker: | Yves de Cornulier |

Affiliation: | École Normale Supérieure |

Date: | Tuesday, April 25 |

Time/Room: | 2:00pm - 3:00pm/S-101 |

A pair (G,H), where G is a group and H a subgroup, has relative Property T if every isometric action of G on a Hilbert space has a H-fixed point. In a connected Lie group or a lattice G, we characterize subgroups H such that (G,H) has relative Property T. We will discuss examples showing that the existence of an unbounded subgroup with relative Property T is not the only obstruction to have a proper isometric action on a Hilbert space.