Random walks on dense subgroups of locally compact groups

Michael Björklund, Yair Hartman, Hanna Oppelmayer

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Let $\Gamma$ be a countable discrete group, $H$ a lcsc totally disconnected group and $\rho : \Gamma \rightarrow H$ a homomorphism with dense image. We develop a general and explicit technique which provides, for every compact open subgroup $L <H$ and bi-$L$-invariant probability measure $\theta$ on $H$, a Furstenberg discretization $\tau$ of $\theta$ such that the Poisson boundary of $(H,\theta)$ is a $\tau$-boundary. Among other things, this technique allows us to construct examples of finitely supported random walks on certain lamplighter groups and solvable Baumslag-Solitar groups, whose Poisson boundaries are prime, but not $L^p$-irreducible for any $p \geq 1$, answering a conjecture of Bader-Muchnik in the negative. Furthermore, we give an example of a countable discrete group $\Gamma$ and two spread-out probability measures $\tau_1$ and $\tau_2$ on $\Gamma$ such that the boundary entropy spectrum of $(\Gamma,\tau_1)$ is an interval, while the boundary entropy spectrum of $(\Gamma,\tau_2)$ is a Cantor set.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the European Mathematical Society
Publication statusSubmitted - 2020
Externally publishedYes


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