Harmonic Maps and Heat Flows

13 March 2014
Roland Grinis
I plan to give a non technical introduction (i.e. no prerequisites required apart basic differential geometry) to some analytic aspects of the theory of harmonic maps between Riemannian manifolds, motivate it by briefly discussing some relations to other areas of geometry (like minimal submanifolds, string topology, symplectic geometry, stochastic geometry...), and finish by talking about the heat flow approach to the existence theory of harmonic maps with some open problems related to my research.
  • Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar