 CARMA COLLOQUIUM
 Speaker: Dr Colin Reid, CARMA, The University of Newcastle
 Title: Totally disconnected, locally compact groups
 Location: Room V205, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
 Time and Date: 4:00 pm, Tue, 28^{th} Mar 2017
 Abstract:
Totally disconnected, locally compact (t.d.l.c.) groups are a large class of topological groups that arise from a few different sources, for instance as automorphism groups of a range of algebraic and combinatorial structures, or from the study of isomorphisms between finite index subgroups of a given group. A general theory has begun to emerge in recent years, based on the interaction between smallscale and largescale structure in t.d.l.c. groups. I will give a survey of some ways in which these groups arise and some of the tools that have been developed for understanding them.
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 CARMA GROUP THEORY RHD MEETING
 Speaker: Dr Colin Reid, CARMA, The University of Newcastle
 Title: Proof of the plocalisation theorem
 Location: Room V205, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
 Time and Date: 11:00 am, Thu, 13^{th} Oct 2016
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 CARMA GROUP THEORY RHD MEETING
 Speaker: Dr Colin Reid, CARMA, The University of Newcastle
 Title: Introduction to plocalisations
 Location: Room V205, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
 Time and Date: 11:00 am, Thu, 1^{st} Sep 2016
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 CARMA COLLOQUIUM
 Speaker: Dr Colin Reid, CARMA, The University of Newcastle
 Title: Locally normal subgroups of totally disconnected groups
 Location: Room V129, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
 Time and Date: 4:00 pm, Thu, 1^{st} Nov 2012
 Abstract:
I will give an extended version of my talk at the AustMS meeting about some ongoing work with PierreEmmanuel Caprace and George Willis.
Given a locally compact topological group G, the connected component of the identity is a closed normal subgroup G_0 and the quotient group is totally disconnected. Connected locally compact groups can be approximated by Lie groups, and as such are relatively wellunderstood. By contrast, totally disconnected locally compact (t.d.l.c.) groups are a more difficult class of objects to understand. Unlike in the connected case, it is probably hopeless to classify the simple t.d.l.c. groups, because this would include for instance all simple groups (equipped with the discrete topology). Even classifying the finitely generated simple groups is widely regarded as impossible. However, we can prove some general results about broad classes of (topologically) simple t.d.l.c. groups that have a compact generating set.
Given a nondiscrete t.d.l.c. group, there is always an open compact subgroup. Compact totally disconnected groups are residually finite, so have many normal subgroups. Our approach is to analyse a t.d.l.c. group G (which may itself be simple) via normal subgroups of open compact subgroups. From these we obtain lattices and Cantor sets on which G acts, and we can use properties of these actions to demonstrate properties of G. For instance, we have made some progress on the question of whether a compactly generated topologically simple t.d.l.c. group is abstractly simple, and found some necessary conditions for G to be amenable.
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