16 February 2012

12:30

Reto Müller

Abstract

In this talk, we first study the Mean Curvature Flow, an evolution equation for submanifolds of some Euclidean space. We review a famous monotonicity formula of Huisken and its application to classifying so-called Type I singularities. Then, we discuss the Ricci Flow, which might be seen as the intrinsic analog of the Mean Curvature Flow for abstract Riemannian manifolds. We explain how Huisken's classification of Type I singularities can be adopted to this intrinsic setting, using monotone quantities found by Perelman.