The structure of tame minimal dynamical systems

Eli Glasner*

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A dynamical version of the Bourgain-Fremlin-Talagrand dichotomy shows that the enveloping semigroup of a dynamical system is either very large and contains a topological copy of βℕ, or it is a 'tame' topological space whose topology is determined by the convergence of sequences. In the latter case, the dynamical system is said to be tame. We use the structure theory of minimal dynamical systems to show that, when the acting group is Abelian, a tame metric minimal dynamical system (i) is almost automorphic (i.e. it is an almost one-to-one extension of an equicontinuous system), and (ii) admits a unique invariant probability measure such that the corresponding measure-preserving system is measure-theoretically isomorphic to the Haar measure system on the maximal equicontinuous factor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1819-1837
Number of pages19
JournalErgodic Theory and Dynamical Systems
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2007


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