23 November 2010
Gravitational instantons are complete hyperkaehler 4-manifolds whose Riemann curvature tensor is square integrable. They can be viewed as Einstein geometry analogs of finite energy Yang-Mills instantons on Euclidean space. Classical examples include Kronheimer's ALE metrics on crepant resolutions of rational surface singularities and the ALF Riemannian Taub-NUT metric, but a classification has remained largely elusive. I will present a large, new connected family of gravitational instantons, based on removing fibers from rational elliptic surfaces, which contains ALG and ALH spaces as well as some unexpected geometries.
- Algebraic and Symplectic Geometry Seminar