Takehiko MORITA

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Ergodic theory, probability theory, dynamical system
Keywords Measure-theoretic dynamical system, random dynamical system, thermodynamic formalism
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I specialize in ergodic theory. To be more precise, I am studying statistical behavior of dynamical systems via thermodynamic formalism and its applications.
Ergodic theory is a branch of mathematics that studies dynamical systems with measurable structure and related problems. Its origins can be found in the work of Boltzmann in the 1880s which is concerned with the so called Ergodic Hypothesis. Roughly speaking the hypothesis was introduced in order to guarantee that the system considered is ergodic i.e. the space averages and the long time averages of the physical observables coincide. Unfortunately, it turns out that dynamical systems are not always ergodic in general. Because of such a background, the ergodic problem (= the problem to determine a given dynamical system is ergodic or not) has been one of the important subjects since the theory came into existence. In nowadays ergodic theory has grown to be a huge branch and has applications not only to statistical mechanics, probability, and dynamical systems but also to number theory, differential geometry, functional analysis, and so on.