Counterexamples to Min-Oo's Conjecture

Friday, October 15, 2010 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Consider a compact Riemannian manifold $M$ of dimension $n$ whose boundary $\partial M$ is totally geodesic and is isometric to the standard sphere $S^{n-1}$. A natural conjecture of Min-Oo asserts that if the scalar curvature of $M$ is at least $n(n-1)$, then $M$ is isometric to the hemisphere $S_+^n$ equipped with its standard metric. This conjecture is inspired by the positive mass theorem in general relativity, and has been verified in many special cases. I will present joint work with F.C. Marques and A. Neves which shows that Min-Oo's conjecture fails in dimension $n \geq 3$.
Speaker: 
Simon Brendle
Stanford University
Event Location: 
Fine Hall 314