Event № 635
I will discuss the dynamics of light rays in the trihexagonal tiling in the plane where triangles and hexagons are transparent and have equal but opposite indices of refraction. Sometimes this is called a `tiling billiards system.' It turns out that almost every light ray is dense in the plane with a periodic family of disjoint open triangles removed. The proof involves some elementary observations about invariant subspaces, an orbit equivalence to straight-line flow on an infinite periodic translation surface, and use of relatively recent results on ergodic theoretic questions for such flows. Most of the talk will be elementary. This talk is based on joint work with Diana Davis and is available at arXiv:1609.00772.