Yakov Pesin


Penn State University


Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm



RH 440R

In this series of three lectures I will consider SRB measures (after Sinai, Ruelle and Bowen) which arguably form one of the most important classes of invariant measures with “chaotic” behavior in dynamics. This ensures a crucial role they play in applications of dynamical systems to science (this is why they are often called “physical measures”).

In the first lecture I introduce these measures and describe their ergodic properties. I also outline a construction of SRB measures for Anosov systems.

In the second lecture I consider the case of partially hyperbolic dynamical systems and outline a construction of SRB measures in this case. I also discuss an important role SRB measures play in the Pugh-Shub Stable Ergodicity problem (and I will also discuss this problem in a general setting).

The third lecture deals with the most general situation of the so-called “chaotic” attractors (or attractors with non-zero Lyapunov exponents), which appear in many models in physics, biology, etc. I will present a general rigorous definition of chaotic attractors and outline a construction to build SRB measures for this attractors.

While the first lecture will serve as an introduction to the subject and will be accessible for students, the other two lectures are more advanced.