##### Department of Mathematics,

University of California San Diego

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### Math 295 - Mathematics Colloquium

## Farshid Hajir

#### Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst

## Iteration of polynomials and tree representations of the absolute Galois group

##### Abstract:

Galois groups with finite ramification over $Q$ are the "fundamental groups" of number theory. Most of what we know about them stems from their action on certain $p$-adic vector spaces. In this talk, I will describe their action on certain trees, which promises to throw a different kind of light on fundamental groups. Let $K$ be a number field and $f(x)$ in $K[x]$ be a polynomial whose critical points are preperiodic under iteration of $f$. Then every $K$-rational specialization of the tower of iterates of $f:P^1 --> P^1$ is finitely ramified. This leads to a number of open problems about the nature of the corresponding "iterated monodromy" representations of the Galois group of $K$. This is joint work with Christian Maire (Toulouse) and Wayne Aitken (CSU San Marcos).

Host: P Ebenfelt and J. Buhler

### April 7, 2005

### 4:00 PM

### AP&M 6438

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