On a smooth Riemannian manifold, the uniqueness of a geodesic given initial conditions follows from standard ODE theory. This is known to fail in the setting of RCD(K,N) spaces (metric measure spaces satisfying a synthetic notion of Ricci curvature bounded below) through an example of Cheeger-Colding. Strengthening the assumption a little, one may ask if two geodesics which agree for a definite amount of time must continue on the same trajectory. In this talk, I will show that this is true for RCD(K,N) spaces. In doing so, I will generalize a well-known result of Colding-Naber concerning the Hölder continuity of small balls along geodesics to this setting.
Thu, 19 May 2022
12:00 - 13:00