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Piotr W. Nowak
Texas A&M University
College Station
United States

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Mathematics - Group Theory (18)
Mathematics - Functional Analysis (15)
Mathematics - Operator Algebras (8)
Mathematics - Metric Geometry (8)
Mathematics - Dynamical Systems (6)
Mathematics - Geometric Topology (3)
Mathematics - Statistics (3)
Statistics - Theory (3)
Mathematics - K-Theory and Homology (2)
Mathematics - Algebraic Topology (2)
Mathematics - Differential Geometry (1)

Publications Authored By Piotr W. Nowak

We establish a lower bound on the spectral gap of the Laplace operator on special linear groups using conic optimisation. In particular, this provides a constructive (but computer assisted) proof that these groups have Kazhdan property (T). A software for such optimisation for other finitely presented groups is provided. Read More

We show a structural property of cohomology with coefficients in an isometric representation on a uniformly convex Banach space: if the cohomology group $H^1(G,\pi)$ is reduced, then, up to an isomorphism, it is a closed complemented, subspace of the space of cocycles and its complement is the subspace of coboundaries. Read More

We show that warped cones over actions with spectral gaps do not embed coarsely into large classes of Banach spaces. In particular, there exist warped cones over actions of the free group that do not embed coarsely into $L_p$-spaces and there are warped cones over discrete group actions that do not embed into any Banach space with non-trivial type. Read More

In this paper we investigate generalizations of Kazhdan's property $(T)$ to the setting of uniformly convex Banach spaces. We explain the interplay between the existence of spectral gaps and that of Kazhdan projections. Our methods employ Markov operators associated to a random walk on the group, for which we provide new norm estimates and convergence results. Read More

We show that uniformly finite homology of products of $n$ trees vanishes in all degrees except degree $n$, where it is infinite dimensional. Our method is geometric and applies to several large scale homology theories, including almost equivariant homology and controlled coarse homology. As an application we determine group homology with $\ell_{\infty}$-coefficients of lattices in products of trees. Read More

In this article we study cohomology of a group with coefficients in representations on Banach spaces and its stability under deformations. We show that small, metric deformations of the representation preserve vanishing of cohomology. As applications we obtain deformation theorems for fixed point properties on Banach spaces. Read More

We characterize groups with Guoliang Yu's property A (i.e., exact groups) by the existence of a family of uniformly bounded representations which approximate the trivial representation. Read More

We survey the recent developments concerning fixed point properties for group actions on Banach spaces. In the setting of Hilbert spaces such fixed point properties correspond to Kazhdan's property (T). Here we focus on the general, non-Hilbert case, we discuss the methods, examples and several applications. Read More

We give a homological construction of aperiodic tiles for certain open Riemannian surfaces admitting actions of Grigorchuk groups of intermediate growth. Read More

We construct the first aperiodic tiles for two amenable 3-dimensional Lie groups: Sol and the Heisenberg group. Our construction relies on the use of higher-dimensional uniformly finite homology. In particular, we settle completely the existence of aperiodic tiles for all of the non-compact geometries of 3-manifolds appearing in the geometrization conjecture. Read More

We show that every finitely generated group admits weak analogues of an invariant expectation, whose existence characterizes exact groups. This fact has a number of applications. We show that Hopf $G$-modules are relatively injective, which implies that bounded cohomology groups with coefficients in all Hopf $G$-modules vanish in all positive degrees. Read More

Exact distribution of the moment estimator of shape parameter for the gamma distribution for small samples is derived. Order preserving properties of this estimator are presented. Read More

Balakrishnan and Mi [1] considered order preserving property of maximum likelihood estimators. In this paper there are given conditions under which the moment estimators have the property of preserving stochastic orders. There is considered property of preserving for usual stochastic order as well as for likelihood ratio order. Read More

The aim of this paper is to extend the framework of the spectral method for proving property (T) to the class of reflexive Banach spaces and present a condition implying that every affine isometric action of a given group $G$ on a reflexive Banach space $X$ has a fixed point. This last property is a strong version of Kazhdan's property (T) and is equivalent to the fact that $H^1(G,\pi)=0$ for every isometric representation $\pi$ of $G$ on $X$. The condition is expressed in terms of $p$-Poincar\'{e} constants and we provide examples of groups, which satisfy such conditions and for which $H^1(G,\pi)$ vanishes for every isometric representation $\pi$ on an $L_p$ space for some $p>2$. Read More

We study a notion of residual finiteness for continuous actions of discrete groups on compact Hausdorff spaces and how it relates to the existence of norm microstates for the reduced crossed product. Our main result asserts that an action of a free group on a zero-dimensional compact metrizable space is residually finite if and only if its reduced crossed product admits norm microstates, i.e. Read More

Generalizing Block and Weinberger's characterization of amenability we introduce the notion of uniformly finite homology for a group action on a compact space and use it to give a homological characterization of topological amenability for actions. By considering the case of the natural action of $G$ on its Stone-\vCech compactification we obtain a homological characterization of exactness of the group, answering a question of Nigel Higson. Read More

We study the relation between the diameter, the first positive eigenvalue of the discrete $p$-Laplacian and the $\ell_p$-distortion of a finite graph. We prove an inequality relating these three quantities and apply it to families of Cayley and Schreier graphs. We also show that the $\ell_p$-distortion of Pascal graphs, approximating the Sierpinski gasket, is bounded, which allows to obtain estimates for the convergence to zero of the spectral gap as an application of the main result. Read More

We show that topological amenability of an action of a countable discrete group on a compact space is equivalent to the existence of an invariant mean for the action. We prove also that this is equivalent to vanishing of bounded cohomology for a class of Banach G-modules associated to the action, as well as to vanishing of a specific cohomology class. In the case when the compact space is a point our result reduces to a classic theorem of B. Read More

We study exactness of groups and establish a characterization of exact groups in terms of the existence of a continuous linear operator, called an invariant expectation, whose properties make it a weak counterpart of an invariant mean on a group. We apply this operator to show that exactness of a finitely generated group $G$ implies the vanishing of the bounded cohomology of $G$ with coefficients in a new class of modules, which are defined using the Hopf algebra structure of $\ell_1(G)$. Read More

We study actions of discrete groups on Hilbert $C^*$-modules induced from topological actions on compact Hausdorff spaces. We show non-amenability of actions of non-amenable and non-a-T-menable groups, provided there exists a quasi-invariant probability measure which is sufficiently close to being invariant. Read More


We study a coarse homology theory with prescribed growth conditions. For a finitely generated group G with the word length metric this homology theory turns out to be related to amenability of G. We characterize vanishing of a certain fundamental class in our homology in terms of an isoperimetric inequality on G and show that on any group at most linear control is needed for this class to vanish. Read More

We construct a locally finite graph and a bounded geometry metric space which do not admit a quasi-isometric embedding into any uniformly convex Banach space. Connections with the geometry of $c_0$ and superreflexivity are discussed. Read More

We show that the Hilbert space is coarsely embeddable into any $\ell_p$ for $1\le p<\infty$. In particular, this yields new characterizations of embeddability of separable metric spaces into the Hilbert space. Read More

There are several characterizations of coarse embeddability of a discrete metric space into a Hilbert space. In this note we give such characterizations for general metric spaces. By applying these results to the spaces $L_p(\mu)$, we get their coarse embeddability into a Hilbert space for $0Read More

We prove a geometric characterization of a-T-menability through proper, affine, isometric actions on the Banach spaces $L_p[0,1]$ for $1Read More