Wednesday, April 17, 2019
04/17/2019 - 4:15pm
Abstract: The local to global study of geometries was a major trend of 20th century geometry, with remarkable developments achieved particularly in Riemannian geometry. In contrast, in areas such as pseudo-Riemannian geometry, familiar to us as the spacetime of relativity theory, and more generally in pseudo-Riemannian geometry of general signature, surprising little is known about global properties of the geometry even if we impose a locally homogeneous structure.
In this colloquim, I plan to discuss two topics.
Global geometry : Existence problem of compact manifolds modelled locally on homogeneous spaces, and their deformation theory.
Spectral analysis : Construction of periodic eigenfunctions for the
(indefinite) Laplacian, and stability question of eigenvalues under deformation of geometric structure
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