Past Geometry and Analysis Seminar

2 November 2015
14:15
Amir Aazami
Abstract
Milnor has shown that three-dimensional Lie groups with left invariant Riemannian metrics furnish examples of 3-manifolds with principal Ricci curvatures of fixed signature --- except for the signatures (-,+,+), (0,+,-), and (0,+,+).  We examine these three cases on a Riemannian 3-manifold, and prove global obstructions in certain cases.  For example, if the manifold is closed, then the signature (-,+,+) is not globally possible if it is of the form -µ,f,f, with µ a positive constant and f a smooth function that never takes the values 0,-µ (this generalizes a result by Yamato '91).  Similar obstructions for the other cases will also be discussed.  Our methods of proof rely upon frame techniques inspired by the Newman-Penrose formalism.  Thus, we will close by turning our attention to four dimensions and Lorentzian geometry, to uncover a relation between null vector fields and exact symplectic forms, with relations to Weinstein structures. 
  • Geometry and Analysis Seminar
26 October 2015
14:15
Stergios Antonakoudis
Abstract

From a complex analytic perspective, both Teichmüller spaces and
symmetric spaces can be realised as contractible bounded domains, that
have several features in common but also exhibit many differences. In
this talk we will study isometric maps between these two important
classes of bounded domains equipped with their intrinsic Kobayashi metric.

  • Geometry and Analysis Seminar
9 June 2015
15:15
M S Narasimhan
Abstract

Let X be a smooth projective curve (of genus greater than or equal to 2) over C and M the moduli space of vector bundles over X, of rank 2 and with fixed determinant of degree 1.Then the Fourier-Mukai functor from the bounded derived category of coherent sheaves on X to that of M, given by the normalised Poincare bundle, is fully faithful, except (possibly) for hyperelliptic curves of genus 3,4,and 5

 This result is proved by establishing precise vanishing theorems for a family of vector bundles on the moduli space M.

 Results on the deformation  and inversion of Picard bundles (already known) follow from the full faithfulness of the F-M functor

  • Geometry and Analysis Seminar
8 June 2015
14:15
Jenya Sapir
Abstract

We show how to get coarse bounds on the number of (non-simple) closed geodesics on a surface, given upper bounds on both length and self-intersection number. Recent work by Mirzakhani and by Rivin has produced asymptotics for the growth of the number of simple closed curves and curves with one self-intersection (respectively) with respect to length. However, no asymptotics, or even bounds, were previously known for other bounds on self-intersection number. Time permitting, we will discuss some applications of this result

  • Geometry and Analysis Seminar

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