数学科学研究所
Insitute of Mathematical Science

Colloquium: Half-Conformally Flat Manifolds and Potential Theory

Colloquium| Institute of Mathematical Sciences

Time16:00-17:00, July 26 Friday

LocationRoom S408, IMS


Speaker: Brian Weber

Abstract: It is possible to hope for geometric structure theorems for 4-manifolds, provided one restricts attention to special geometries. Ka¨hler manifolds for instance, the focus of tremendous current research, has expected or conjectured structure theorems, and many powerful results already exist. Far less is known, or even conjectured, in the half-conformally flat setting: aside from a few topological obstructions, almost the only thing known is that such manifolds are plentiful. In this colloquium talk, we discuss the issues with finding structure theorems for constant scalar curvature half-conformally flat 4-manifolds, and look at some recent progress in understanding their instantons. Methods of potential theory—the study of solutions of 4f = 0—along with the theory of solutions of the first order ODE dω = 0, ω ∈V2 interact to provide crucial, sometimes counter-intuitive theorems in the Ka¨hler setting. Although half-conformally flat 4-manifolds lack a complex structure, these methods from Ka¨hler geometry can be transferred over, with some (but not all) of the same successes. A full structure conjecture is certainly out of reach, but the structure of CSC half-conformally flat manifolds can be powerfully constrained.


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