One of the simplest, and yet largely still open, questions that one can ask about special Lagrangian submanifolds is whether they exist in a given homology class. One possible approach to this problem is to evolve a given Lagrangian submanifold under mean curvature flow in the hope of reaching a special Lagrangian submanifold in the same homology class. It is known, however, that even for 'nice' initial conditions the flow will develop singularities in finite time.
I will talk about a joint work with Tom Begley, in which we prove a short time existence result for Lagrangian mean curvature flow, where the initial condition is a Lagrangian submanifold of complex Euclidean space with a certain type of singularity. This is a first step to proving, as conjectured by Joyce, that one may 'continue' Lagrangian mean curvature flow after the occurrence of singularities.
- Algebraic and Symplectic Geometry Seminar