On short time existence of Lagrangian mean curvature flow

29 November 2016
Kim Moore

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