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Singularities and Diffeomorphisms

[Virtual] Hot Topics: Regularity Theory for Minimal Surfaces and Mean Curvature Flow March 21, 2022 - March 24, 2022

March 21, 2022 (08:00 AM PDT - 08:45 AM PDT)
Speaker(s): Tobias Colding (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Location: MSRI: Online/Virtual
  • singularities

  • diffeomorphisms

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Singularities And Diffeomorphisms


Comparing and recognizing metrics can be extraordinarily difficult because of the group of diffeomorphisms. Two metrics, that could even be the same, could look completely different in different coordinates. This is the gauge problem. The general gauge problem is extremely subtle for non-compact spaces. Often it can be avoided if one uses some additional structure of the particular situation. However, in many problems there is no additional structure. Instead we solve the gauge problem directly in great generality. We use them to solve a well-known open problem in Ricci flow.

We solve the gauge problem by solving a nonlinear system of PDEs. The PDE produces a diffeomorphism that fixes an appropriate gauge in the spirit of the slice theorem for group actions. We then show optimal bounds for the displacement function of the diffeomorphism.

This is joint work with Bill Minicozzi.

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