Counterexamples to Min-Oo's Conjecture

Counterexamples to Min-Oo's Conjecture

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Simon Brendle, Stanford University
Fine Hall 314

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 $n \geq 3$.