### Spectral gap in simple Lie groups : Clay Mathematics Institute Senior Scholar Lecture.

**Benoist, Y ***(Université Paris-Sud 11)*

Monday 16 June 2014, 16:00-17:00

Seminar Room 1, Newton Institute

#### Abstract

Consider two matrices a , b in the orthogonal group SO(d) that span a dense subgroup. We will first recall that, in dimension at least 3, for n large, the set of words of length n in a and b become equidistributed in SO(d). We will then see that, when the matrices a, b have algebraic coefficients, the precision of this equidistribution is exponentially small in n. This joint work with N. de Saxce extends previous results of Bourgain and Gamburd for the unitary groups SU(d).

#### Video

**The video for this talk should appear here if JavaScript is enabled.**

If it doesn't, something may have gone wrong with our embedded player.

We'll get it fixed as soon as possible.

## Comments

Start the discussion!