Yau's Proof of the Calabi Conjecture

16 October 2014
Roland Grinis

The Calabi conjecture, posed in 1954 and proved by Yau in 1976, guaranties the existence of Ricci-flat Kahler metrics on compact Kahler manifolds with vanishing first Chern class, providing examples of the so called Calabi-Yau manifolds. The latter are of great importance to the fields of Riemannian Holonomy Groups, having Hol0 as a subgroup of SU; Calibrated Geometry, more precisely Special Lagrangian Geometry; and to String theory with the discovery of the phenomenon of Mirror Symmetry (to mention a few!). In the talk, we will discuss the necessary background to formulate the Calabi conjecture and explain some of the main ideas behind its proof by Yau, which itself is a jewel from the point of view of non-linear PDEs.

  • Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar